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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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