Midwest Is Colder Than Much of Antarctica

Even postal service has been called off in places
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2019 6:42 AM CST
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A worker clears snow from a train at the Metra Western Avenue Yard, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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(Newser) – "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," reads the unofficial motto of the US Postal Service. It doesn't say anything about wind chills as low as -65 Fahrenheit. The USPS says it will be suspending service in some areas Wednesday, including Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and parts of Illinois, because of "extreme weather conditions" as the polar vortex causes dangerously low temperatures in the Midwest, USA Today reports. The move is to ensure the "safety and well-being of employees," the service tweeted, providing a full list of locations where service will be temporarily suspended. More:

  • Deep freeze. Mail delivery isn't the only thing being suspended as the deep freeze sets in across a huge area, the AP reports. Many schools and offices have closed and governors in Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin have declared emergencies.

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