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Snow Challenges UPS Drivers On Their Busiest Delivery Day

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UPS drivers in Colorado are battling snowy roads on their busiest delivery day of the year. (credit: CBS)

UPS drivers in Colorado are battling snowy roads on their busiest delivery day of the year. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- UPS drivers are battling snowy roads and slow commuters on the company’s busiest delivery day of the year.

“Obviously you’re not going to get everything delivered because of the weather,” said UPS Operations Manager for Denver Cliff Dalley. “Snow on the side streets is making it very hard going and it’s taking a long time to get out there.”

UPS drivers are expected to deliver more than 120 million packages worldwide Dec. 19 through Dec. 25. Today they’re expected to deliver almost 26 million packages around the globe, that’s almost 300 every second.

Drivers are working through the winter storm that is bringing more than a foot of snow to some areas along the Front Range. UPS hopes the snow won’t delay their delivery goal by much.

“We do our very best but when the weather hits us like this, it gets out of our control. There are streets that we can’t drive up,” said Dalley.

UPS Airlines has added more than 400 additional flights per day this week. Today the airline will process 3 million express shipments in a 24-hour period.

Procrastinators can ship as late as Friday, Dec. 23 using UPS Next Day Air with Saturday delivery and have gifts arrive on Christmas Eve.

“I have some of the toughest, most professional people in the country delivering packages out there. They’re very conscientious that they’re delivering Christmas presents,” said Dalley.

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