Among the many reminders that came with the recent winter storms, Postal officials are asking residents throughout the region to clear snow and ice from roadways, walkways and mailbox access.

Carriers were unable to deliver to approximately 500 addresses because side streets were impassable or mailboxes were inaccessible in Truckee, Incline Village, Crystal Bay and South Lake Tahoe, according to the United States Postal Service (USPS).

"We're in your neighborhood six days a week in every kind of weather. Each carrier delivers to hundreds of homes and businesses a day and the recent weather has been particularly challenging," Manager of Postal Operations Crystal Bergquist said in a press release. "We're up for the challenge, but we are turning to the community to help us eliminate safety concerns so we can efficiently deliver your mail."

USPS offers the following suggestions to help keep letter carriers safe:

If you receive delivery of mail to a rural-type post mailbox, clear around the box to allow your carrier to drive up to the box, deposit mail and drive away.

If your delivery is at a cluster box, work with your neighbors to clear around the front of the box and the back of the box where the carrier accesses the box to load.

If your mail is delivered at your residence or business, keep the path to your mailbox or slot clear of snow and ice.