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USPS workers brave frigid temperatures in D.C. as winter storm hits area

USPS workers brave bitterly cold temperatures as a winter storm hits the D.C. area. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (ABC7 photo)

For Latisha Johnson, the freezing temperatures just mean another day on the job.

“Happy New Year to you!” she said, smiling and waving to a passerby on the street.

Frigid weather doesn’t hold her back.

“You have to be bundled up in this type of element. It’s very cold,” the United States Postal Service mail carrier explained.

In temperatures like what swept through DC on Thursday, she stays on the move.

“Moving is key! You have to stay moving!” she said.

She delivers the mail in all elements.

“You meet new people every day,” she said, pulling a cart full of mail.

She knows her route in Northwest Washington like the back of her hand.

“I’ve been doing it every day for the past six months,” she said, opening the door of the mail truck and smiling.

On Thursday, she spent five hours outside delivering mail.

“Layer up and you’ll be perfect,” she said. “Socks, maybe two or three pairs of socks, three pairs of pants, long johns…”

The United States Postal Service sent out a notification urging workers to wear proper footwear, reduce driving speeds, and take short steps, among other pieces of advice.

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