Postal carriers brave arctic temperatures in EKY

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) Arctic temperatures kept many folks at home for the second day in a row. Forecasters say about 187 million Americans are in a deep freeze.

But some, like United States Postal Carrier Larry Neace, were forced to venture out into single digit temperatures.

“Some people need their medicine. Some people need their bills,” Neace said, “I’ve delivered [mail] in [temperatures] colder than this and when it’s hotter than this.”

Wind chills reaching as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit put people like Neace at risk for almost instant frost bite.

“Being out in weather like this, how do you stay warm?”
“Layers. Two layers. You have to dress for the whole day. It gets warmer as the day goes on, you don’t want to overdress and you definitely don’t want to under dress,” Neace added.

But even with nostril-freezing cold, Neace says he still enjoys the job he’s done for 20 years.

“I like getting out and meeting new people. I love the job every day, cold or hot. It makes no difference to me,” Neace said.

Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the rest of the week; possibly reaching 50’s this weekend.

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