FedEx and United Parcel Service warned that packages could be delayed as a severe winter storm brought strong winds, extreme cold and snow to large areas of the US ahead of the Christmas weekend.
Severe weather has already hampered air travel during what is expected to be a busy week for airlines.
“Last night, FedEx Express experienced significant outages at our hubs in Memphis and Indianapolis due to severe winter weather that has spread across the United States,” FedEx said Friday. It states that packages intended for delivery on Friday and Saturday, that is, on Christmas Eve, may be delayed throughout the United States.
UPS stated that severe weather “in several regions of the United States is impacting UPS’s air and ground network, including UPS nodes in Louisville, Kentucky and Rockford, Illinois. As a result, some delivery and collection services in these areas will be affected.”
An American Eagle aircraft taxis during a snowstorm at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in Seattle, Washington, USA, Tuesday, December 20, 2022.
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The alerts come at one of the busiest times for package delivery, the Sunday before Christmas.
A severe winter storm has complicated holiday air travel, with carriers canceling more than 6,000 flights and delaying more than 20,000 flights Wednesday through Friday, including some of what airlines expect to be some of the busiest days of the holiday season. Snow and sleet in the Pacific Northwest also disrupted flights.
American, Delta, United, Southwest, jetblue, Alaska, Spirit and other carriers have waived change and fare difference fees for more than 50 airports if travelers can depart later.
Melville, NY: A US Postal Service employee places packages in the latest package sorting machine called SIPS in preparation for one of the busiest days of the year on December 12, 2022.
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