NAZARETH, Pa. - It's back to the mail route for US Postal Service eight-year veteran Dwayne Terrell.
One step at a time, he's navigating snowy, icy, and narrow sidewalks to deliver mail to more than 700 homes and businesses in Nazareth.
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night will interfere with Terrell's swift completion of his appointed rounds.
Well, except for Tuesday when the storm shut everything down. But, on Wednesday, it's back to work.
"Delivering the mail is more than putting a piece of envelope in a mailbox. You have to deal with the elements every day," said Dwayne Terrell.
It's cold and snowy. It makes delivering mail a little trickier.
Terrell, though, has learned a few tricks of the trade over the years.
"In the winter time it's all about wearing layers. Make sure you have gloves. I’ve got two gloves here," said Terrell.
He is well outfitted for his job and he's also equipped with the right attitude.
"It's like being a big kid playing in the snow," said Terrell.
He walks more than 10 miles every day.
"It helps a lot when people get out shovel their walkways, salt when there's ice on the ground so that way we can get to your house as fast as possible," said Terrell.
But there are some houses where Terrell can't safely get to the home.
"It's up to us to make the call to see if it's a safe condition. At the end of the day everyone has a family and you want to go home the same way you came to work."
And that's why Terrell says to cut your mail carrier some slack over the next few days and have some patience.
"It's going to be a couple of days before we catch up but we will get the mail to them as fast as possible."
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