Mid-Missouri mail carriers were slipping and sliding in wind chills below zero this Christmas Eve morning.
Brian Cook said delivering mail in subzero wind chills takes preparation and experience.
Cook said, â??When I get here and if I get too warm, I just take something off. If I get cold again, I just put it back on. Itâ??s always best to dress in layers.â??
It takes Cook about 6 hours to finish his route. Heâ??s out on the street almost all of that time. Cook has been a Columbia mail carrier for more than 22 years. Heâ??s experienced all types of weather but he says heâ??s never seen ice covered grass like we have now. Cook has fallen several times over the years on icy porches, sidewalks and streets. Heâ??s never fallen on icy grass. Cook has a collection of cleats for different slippery conditions. He gets serious during huge ice storms.
Cook said, â??This is the big daddy of them all right here. I just put this over my regular boot and itâ??s insulated so it keeps me warm.â??
Cook gets a warm heart while walking in the cold when people leave him holiday candy and Christmas cards inside their mailboxes. The winter weather slows him down, but it doesnâ??t stop him from keeping his customers happy. Cook said the best Christmas present you can give your mail carrier is a shoveled sidewalk and driveway.