Dear Mr Smith
Unfortunately, we have been unable to read you submission due to the vast quantity of snow, which has recently made it increasingly difficult to answer our letters and emails. We are currently quite preoccupied by snow and despite our appreciation for your work, you will understand that the snow must take precedence. Currently the snow is melting and we are monitoring the situation very closely incase it comes back. Sadly, we will not be reading anything for quite some time; blizzards have blinded all our staff and the frostbite in my fingers makes it incredibly hard for me to concentrate, let alone open letters. In the unlikely event of a thaw please consider the ice. It’s really icy.
Steven N. Osmond-Whittacker