Bitter cold will cause the United States Postal Service to suspend mail pick-up and delivery in Eastern Montana on Wednesday.
Delivery operations will be suspended, according to a USPS press release, and there will be no mail pick-up from collection or business boxes.
Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Todd Chambers, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the severe weather should last only for the next 36 hours. He said to expect subzero temperatures, and wind chills up to 35 degrees below zero, for Eastern Montana.
The weather is caused by the polar vortex Jayden, which is bringing arctic air down to central parts of the United States. The air should shift in a few days, Chambers said, and the weather will begin to warm up.
Retail operations at local USPS offices will be available, but may be limited, and there will be no residential or commercial package pick-up services.
The suspension should affect only Wednesday, said Linda Neill media contact for USPS, but they’ll continue to update on the status when more is known.
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Retrospective: The long, snowy winter of '78
Accident at Seventh Avenue North and North Broadway, November 1978
Snow in downtown Billings, November 10, 1978
Fox Theater, November 1978
Kwik Way on Rimrock Road, November 1978
Truck on top of car, November 10, 1978
Car collides with Kwik Way, November 1978
Snow piled along North 29th Street, November 1978
Passengers at Billings Logan Airport, November 17, 1978
Snow College bus in downtown Billings, November 19, 1978
Car stuck in snow on Fourth Avenue North, November 19, 1978
Snow removal on Broadwater Avenue, November 20, 1978
Aerial of Billings, November 21, 1978
Snow removal on North 29th Street, November 21, 1978
Accident on Grand Avenue, November 21, 1978
Snow tunnel, November 22, 1978
Billings patrol car with teeth, November 1978
Jet fuel tanker rollover, November 28, 1978
Tanker truck accident, November 29, 1978
Fire at Billings Recycling Center, December 1, 1978
World Theater, December 1978
Snow removal in Billings, December 5, 1978
Accident on First Avenue North, December 5, 1978
Help helicopter delivers accident victim, December 5, 1978
Midland National Bank weather beacon, December 15, 1978