USPS to suspend delivery in parts of Cleveland area this afternoon

CLEVELAND-- The United States Postal Service is ending mail delivery in parts of the Cleveland area at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Northeast Ohio is experiencing dangerous wind chills of 20 to 35 below 0. Temperatures Wednesday and Thursday morning will be the lowest since February 2015, and could break records.

On Tuesday, the USPS posted on its website it was suspending service to Northern Ohio, specifically to zip codes beginning with 441 and 458, because of the extreme cold.

But on Wednesday, post office spokeswoman Twana Barber said conditions change and they had to further assess the situation. She would not confirm if the website message, which remains up as of 11:30 a.m., was a mistake.

"We apologize if we led to any confusion. We expected them to deliver as usual," Barber said.

Later on Wednesday, Barber said mail carriers in zip codes starting with 441 were instructed to return to the offices at 2 p.m. Delivery is expected to continue on Thursday.

The current weather conditions are dangerous with the possibility of frostbite to exposed skin after minutes. Officials from the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County told residents not to go out unless completely necessary.

Continuing coverage of the winter weather here

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