Winter Storm Stella delays UPS, FedEx shipments


MISSOULA, Mont. - Shipping services like UPS and FedEx scrambled to get packages out as a major winter storm pounded northeastern United States Tuesday.

NBC Montana talked to UPS officials Tuesday afternoon and they said ground and air shipments were delayed.

Missoula resident Annie Carroll told us she understands why some packages weren't shipped.

"You can't do anything about the weather," Carroll said.

Missoula resident Joshua Phillips said he doesn't like to wait to receive his packages.

"It's super annoying when you don't get your package on time," Phillips said, "especially with a lot of deliveries that are supposed to be guaranteed."

UPS officials said stopped shipments will be sent out when the weather clears up.

One Missoula UPS store told us customers can track packages with a tracking number online.

The United States Postal Service reports they average more than 500 million pieces of mail a day and a nor'easter storm could impact shipments.

UPS reports on their website their daily delivery volume is more than 19 million packages and documents. FedEx reports around 12 million shipments daily.

Missoula resident Riley Horigan says you can't stop Mother Nature.

"We never know what the weather is going to be like so it's one of those things you can't always plan for," Horigan said.

NBC Montana's Severe Weather Alert Team reports the storm is expected to end Tuesday evening. Light snow will linger until Wednesday night.

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