As record snowfall piles high, Billings postal carriers plow through to deliver mail

Posted at 3:53 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 17:53:44-04

BILLINGS — This latest batch of winter weather carried Billings into its second snowiest winter on record on Friday.

While most of us would rather be inside, the people carrying the mail door to door spend their entire work day in the snow.

Tyler Langford has been delivering mail for about five years through rain, snow and – though it’s hard to remember – shine.

"Boots, make sure you have good boots, gloves and multiple layers of clothing and a good hat," said Langford, a postal carrier. "It’s tough, but I like the snow. I’m sure the city of Billings is tired of it. It doesn’t bother me none."

Langford spends up to eight hours every day dropping bills and greeting cards into boxes.

"This route, I’m gonna guess five miles walking," said Langford. "That’s not too bad, I had a route that was worse, about 10 miles."

He’s quick, hurrying across the streets and down sidewalks, going from door to door.

Langford said on cold days the kindness of customers keeps him warm.

"If you’re real good to the customers, they’re good to you and that’s what I like to see is smiles," said Langford. "The mail guy at the jail, he treated me so well, he liked what I did, he even bought me lunch and that was awesome."

It’s easy to complain about the cold, but even easier to forget not everyone gets a break from the weather.

"Enjoy the warm inside weather and I’ll be out here delivering your mail for you," said Langford.