(Atlantic) Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds, so says the mail carriers creed. But what about -22 below zero temperatures?
Mark Mcnees is a mail carrier for the Atlantic Post Office. He admits the cold weather is getting a little old.
“There is no doubt it has been tough and I love summer, I am tired of this and I know everybody else is too,” stated Mcnees. “The hot days are obviously tough on us, but the cold ones are too. I dehydrate quickly. I can lose just as much weight on a day like this just as easily as I do in the summer.”
Mcnees admits he has become accumulated to the cold conditions, but the main thing is get layered up with a lot of clothing.
“I have a good base layer, long underwear, under armor, a regular shirt, snow pants, and a hooded jacket that I put underneath my issue coat,” explained Mcnees. “I am actually sweating right now, which makes it cold too when you stop.”
“Frost bite is a problem and I try and wear a face mask when the wind is blowing,” Mcnees said. “This is the first time in fifteen years that I haven’t worn a beard. And I have been frost bitten, but the most important thing is to keep the blood flowing.”
Mcnees is thankful that we haven’t had a lot of snow.
“A couple of years ago it was almost depressing and I quit listening to the weather because we were getting snow every couple of days. I would make a path and I would have to bust through a new one again and the next day and the next day, and that really wears on a person after awhile. That was a good winter to have done, and this one will be a good one to have done too,” Mcnees said with a chuckle.
Mcnees says his route usually takes around 6 ½ hours to complete, but they are currently short of help so it can take up to nine hours to get through.
The good news is…it is supposed to warm up late in the week.
“That is awesome, said Mcnees with a big smile, and I am counting on you to make that happen.”
February 10, 2014