Winter Storm Grayson

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Published: January 4, 2018 / Updated: January 8, 2018

Information courtesy of the United States Postal Service and The Weather Channel.

Winter Storm Grayson is undergoing a winter cyclone process, known as bombogenesis, off of the Eastern Seaboard and is spreading a mess of heavy snow, high winds and blizzard conditions that is expected to heavily impact the East Coast.

The United States Postal Service is currently reporting suspended retail and delivery in parts of Georgia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and the Northeast. 

In addition, logistics partners are anticipating delays of 24 – 96 hours for shipments traveling to and through the affected areas, as well as delays and closures to many facilities on the East Coast. Additional delays are expected once transportation resumes due to the backlog. 



Damaging wind gusts of over 70 mph are possible in coastal eastern Massachusetts. These gusts, combined with the weight of snow, are capable of widespread power outages, downed trees and some structural damage. Gusts of up to 50 mph are possible in other parts of New England, and the Eastern Seaboard, including parts of Long Island, the Jersey shore, Delmarva Peninsula and Virginia Tidewater. These winds will produce blizzard conditions near the coast from eastern New England to the Virginia Tidewater. While not nearly as strong, wind gusts over 40 mph may persist in parts of New England Friday and Saturday.


The heaviest snow is expected in eastern New England and eastern Long Island, where a foot or more of snow is possible. Accumulations of at least 6 inches are possible as far west as parts of Vermont, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, parts of the New York City Tri-State metro, central and southern New Jersey, coastal Delmarva Peninsula and the Tidewater of Virginia.

Coastal Flooding

Coastal flooding will lead to potentially major impacts along parts of the Massachusetts shoreline Thursday, especially along east, northeast and northfacing shores as water levels are expected to peak about two to three feet above normal at high tide.


Service Alerts

Northeast Area

(Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey)

Due to winter weather conditions, including ice, high winds and drifting snow in some parts, there will be a possibility of late and non-deliveries for some residential and business customers. Delivery is being attempted in all locations and every attempt will be made to deliver where there is access to receptacles.

Currently, all plants are functioning as normal and are accepting drop shipments. All BMEU locations are open and operating as normal.

Normal retail operations have resumed throughout the area. The exception is listed below.

  • Elmsford Post Office, 10523 — Closed. Customers are directed to the Tarrytown Post Office, 10591, for services.


With a blizzard warning in effect for the Hampton Roads area (ZIP Codes beginning with 233-237), the Postal Service is monitoring conditions and will provide updates on possible impacts to operations at the Norfolk Processing and Distribution Center. We will make every reasonable and safe delivery as possible, but delays may occur.

The Red Oak, VA, Post Office, 6025 Barnesville Highway, 23964-9998 has been temporarily closed. Red Oak customers can collect PO Box mail and receive retail services at the Wylliesburg, VA, Post Office, 709 Barnesville Highway, 23976-9998. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., M-F, and 8:30 a.m.-Noon, Saturday.

Due to winter weather conditions, the following offices have suspended operations, including drop shipments, until further notice:

  • Assawoman, 23302.
  • Atlantic, 23303.
  • Barhamsville, 23011.
  • Belle Haven, 23306.
  • Bloxom, 23308.
  • Capeville, 23313.
  • Cheriton, 23316.
  • Eastville, 23347.
  • Exmore, 23350.
  • Franktown, 23354.
  • Greenbush, 23357.
  • Hallwood, 23359.
  • Harborton, 23389.
  • Horntown, 23395.
  • Jamesville, 23398.
  • Keller, 23401.
  • Locustville, 23404.
  • Machipongo, 23405.
  • Mappsville, 23407.
  • Marionville, 23408.
  • Nassawadox, 23413.
  • Nelsonia, 23414.
  • Norfolk Main, 23501.
  • Norview, 23513.
  • Onancock, 23417.
  • Painter, 23420.
  • Pungoteague, 23422.
  • Quinby, 23423.
  • Saxis, 23427.
  • Tasley, 23441.
  • Temperanceville, 23442.
  • Townsend, 23443.
  • Wachapreaque, 23480.
  • Wallops Island, 23337.
  • Willis Wharf, 23486.
  • Witchduck, 23462.
  • Withams, 23488.



South Carolina [1/8/17]

All offices affected by Winter Storm Grayson in North Carolina and South Carolina are back to normal operations.

North Carolina [1/8/17]

All offices affected by Winter Storm Grayson in North Carolina and South Carolina are back to normal operations.

Georgia [1/8/17]

Because of Winter Storm Grayson, bringing ice and heavy snow to parts of the state, the following offices had previously suspended retail operations:

  • Sapelo Island, 31327.
  • Wilmington Island, 31410.

The following locations had previously suspended delivery operations:

  • All Savannah offices in the 3-digit 314 ZIP Codes.
  • All Statesboro offices in the 3-digit 304 ZIP Codes.
  • Allenhurst, 31301.
  • Brooklet, 30415.
  • Claxton, 30417.
  • Collins, 30421.
  • Fort Stewart, 31314.
  • Glennville, 30427.
  • Guyton, 31312.
  • Hinesville, 31313.
  • Ludowici, 31316.
  • Lyons, 30436.
  • Metter, 30439.
  • Midway, 31320.
  • Mount Vernon, 30446.
  • Reidsville, 30453.
  • Richmond Hill, 31324.
  • Rincon, 31326.
  • Springfield, 31329.
  • Vidalia, 30474.