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The winter storm is delaying mail deliveries in NC, but there are ways you can help

Chainsaws, shovels, brooms and sleds. The Bull City digs out from winter storm

Warmer temperatures provide an assist with some melting as Durham digs out after a winter storm dumped as much as 10 inches in parts of the county.
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Warmer temperatures provide an assist with some melting as Durham digs out after a winter storm dumped as much as 10 inches in parts of the county.

The snow and ice still covering secondary roads in the Triangle may cause some delays in mail and package deliveries, the U.S. Postal Service says.

“Throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh and the surrounding areas, some customers may have experienced disruptions to their mail delivery due to recent winter weather including heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures,” said North Carolina U.S. Postal Service spokesman Philip Bogenberger.

The snow that accumulated Wednesday is mostly cleared from interstate highways, but many neighborhood and rural roads were still covered Thursday as temperatures lingered below or barely above freezing.

Aerial views of Raleigh after winter weather covered the Triangle with inches of snow Thursday, Jan. 2018.

“When roads are unsafe, delivery cannot be attempted, and carriers may be pulled off the streets as roads freeze due to plummeting temperature,” Bogenberger said.

Several post offices in the Triangle sent home mail carriers on Wednesday as neighborhood roads became difficult to drive.

Residents with curbside mail boxes may not have received their mail on Wednesday or Thursday because mail carriers are not required to deliver in mailboxes that may be blocked. Carriers also are not required to do door deliveries in locations that may have slippery steps, snow-packed paths or icy overhangs, according to the Postal Service.

“We ask that postal customers keep sidewalks and paths clear for letter carriers to perform their services safely,” Bogenberger said. “Snow must be cleared to the curb at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox so the carrier may approach and leave without backing up.”

If a mail carrier is unable to deliver mail because of the snow or ice, he or she will try again the next day, the Postal Service said.

Camila Molina: 919-829-4538, @Cmolina__

A wreck in the northbound lane of the Durham Expressway bottled up traffic early Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

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