Extreme Weather in Midwest Forces USPS to Suspend Deliveries

Source: NASA

The current extreme weather and cold temperatures that are impacting much of the Midwest United States will significantly impact deliveries.

USPS has issues a bulletin that they are suspending deliveries today, January 31, 2019.

USPS Suspends Deliveries Due to Extreme Cold

Weather forecasters are warning of dangerously cold conditions in parts of the nation. Some places could see wind chill readings as low as 60 below zero.

Due to this arctic outbreak and concerns for the safety of USPS employees, the Postal Service is suspending delivery January 31 in the following 3-digit ZIP Code locations:

  • Michigan: 486-491, 493-499
  • Indiana: 460-469, 472-475, 478, 479
  • Chicago: 606-608
  • Lakeland: 530-532, 534, 535, 537-539, 541-545, 549, 600, 602, 601, 611
  • Detroit: 480-485, 492
  • Illinois: 601, 603-605, 609, 613, 614, 616, 617, 618, 627
  • Northern Ohio (Toledo area): 436
  • Western Pennsylvania (Erie, Bradford areas): 164, 165, 167

FedEx and UPS Deliveries May Also Be Impacted

Shippers also want to keep a close eye on service disruptions by UPS and FedEx. Neither service has posted the same extensive list as USPS, but sorting facilities and final delivery points included in the Midwest will likely cause many delays, including on air services.

eBay Issues Statement For Sellers to Protect Their Performance Metrics

Due to recent severe winter weather in the Midwest US, communication, power, and transportation lines may be disrupted. Some carriers have suspended shipping in some states.

Sellers, if you are affected and can’t get your packages out, we urge you to let your buyers know that due to the weather their items may arrive late.

Rest assured that sellers need not worry about their eBay seller performance due to delays caused by weather. For those in the affected regions, there is no need to contact Customer Service. eBay will automatically protect seller shipping metrics due to this event. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this article if needed.

Northeast Next?

This artic storm is heading toward the Northeastern United States and may also disrupt operations in that region as well.

Transit Point Disruptions

While much of the arctic weather is staying in the northern part of the US, there can still be disruptions for all packages.

As operations grind to a halt, logistics networks become overloaded even in non-impacted areas. Also, some in-transit warehouses may be between two areas that have no winter weather, again adding to delays in transporting packages.

As a precaution, sellers should inform all customers that their shipments could be delayed even if they are not directly in the path of the severe winter weather.

Have any of your shipment been impacted by this storm? Please use the comments section below or head over to our Facebook Group for Small Business Sellers and interact with other small business owners.

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Post Updated January 31, 2019 to reflect service updates by USPS

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