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Snow disrupts package pickup, delivery in Oklahoma

Package pickup and delivery was put on hold in many parts of Oklahoma because of Tuesday's blizzard.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 2, 2011

Few, if any, packages were delivered Tuesday in Oklahoma as snow choked off state roads.

FedEx and UPS on Tuesday reported service disruptions throughout Oklahoma.

“We are not delivering today in Oklahoma,” FedEx spokesman Chris Stanley said, adding that trucks still were passing through Oklahoma en route to their final destinations.

FedEx warned customers in Oklahoma and seven other states to expect delays due to impassible roads.

The company closed FedEx Express locations throughout the state.

“We will continue to monitor the situation to minimize the impact on service,” the company said on its website.

Stanley said FedEx has about a dozen meteorologists on staff to monitor the weather.

“We will start delivering as soon as it's safe for our couriers to be out on the roads again,” he said.

UPS canceled all pickups and deliveries in many parts of Oklahoma due to the storm.

Spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said company officials decided to pull drivers off the roads Tuesday morning.

She said safety is the highest priority in such situations.

“It's something we deal with regularly,” Rosenberg said.

She said UPS will hold onto deliveries until roads have been cleared enough to make driving on them safe. UPS also relies on its own crew of meteorologists at the company's international air hub in Louisville, Ky., to watch the weather.

“That helps us continually for planning purposes,” she said.

Rosenberg said delivery routes are altered whenever weather threatens to disrupt operations. That has allowed some drivers to bypass Oklahoma and other states affected by this particular storm.


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