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Snowstorm impacts holiday package deliveries in mountains

Snow and ice caused disruptions during the busy holiday shipping season, with companies like UPS suspending deliveries in cities such as Asheville on Saturday. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Snow and ice caused disruptions during the busy holiday shipping season, with companies like UPS suspending deliveries in cities such as Asheville on Saturday.

It was that time of year, where just about everyone, including Asheville resident Dana Bell, shipped packages for the holidays.

"We've got folks all over the country and our company that are waiting for me to send their holiday cards, so they can send them out to our customers," Bell said.

It was also that time of year when you could expect to see multiple inches of snow. Bell saw that over the weekend.

"We got about 12 [inches] at my house," Bell said.

Still, she said, she got her packages, while others had to wait until Monday.

"If the trucks can't really make it on the road or get around safely, then they will call deliveries for that day," Anna Schlobohm, a manager at The UPS Store on Hendersonville Road in Asheville, said.

"Saturday, we didn't run because of the weather, at least here in Asheville. But, as of [Monday], we're back up and getting caught up," Schlobohm said.

Schlobohm said that meant drivers were working overtime.

"They're definitely going to have some late nights tonight and this week. But, they are definitely staffing up for it, and they're prepared and they have extra help, extra trucks, extra drivers,” Schlobohm said. “So, we'll do everything we can to get everything where it's supposed to be."

The latest storm happened just days before there was supposed to be an increase in deliveries ahead of Christmas.

"Hopefully, the next two weeks we'll have good weather. But, we still have plenty of time for everyone to come in and get their packages where they need to be. So, we should still be in good standing,” Schlobohm said. “Everything should be where it needs to be, just, I would tell everyone just come in as soon as possible. Just so we have plenty of time."

Schlobohm said the peak time to send packages would be early next week -- the last full week before Christmas.

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