USPS changes course: Kansas and Missouri WILL get regular mail service Wednesday

After changing course several times Tuesday night, the U.S. Postal Service said there will be normal mail delivery Wednesday in Kansas and Missouri.

The postal service initially said that because of the dangerous temperatures and wind chills gripping the region it was suspending regular mail service in Kansas and Missouri.

Then later Tuesday night, the U.S. Postal Service said the Kansas City metro and Wichita areas would still receive normal mail delivery.

Finally, late Tuesday night, the postal service said service would be normal Wednesday in Kansas and Missouri.

The Kansas City area is under a wind chill advisory until noon Wednesday, when wind chills as low as -20 degrees are expected. Schools across the city have already canceled classes.

Delivery will be suspended in areas of some states in the upper Midwest including Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and parts of eastern Nebraska.

For the affected areas, there will be no mail pickups from businesses or collection boxes, and no residential or commercial package pickup services.

Retail operations at local offices will be available, but may be limited.

From across the Midwest, people have been asking USPS to suspend service with posts on Twitter.

“I’m in WI & my mail carrier’s life is more important than my mail.”

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Tony Rizzo covers federal and state courts for The Kansas City Star, where he has been a reporter for more than 30 years. He is a Kansas City native and veteran of the U.S. Army.