Even snow-hardened residents of a city in Pennsylvania were surprised.
Over Christmas, the National Weather Service reported that several feet of snow buried the city of Erie in Northwestern Pennsylvania, “smashing” local and state snowfall records, according to a report.
With an additional 3.5″ of snow at the Erie, PA airport as of 5PM, this brings the two day (12/25-26) total up to 58″ and the storm total (From 7PM Christmas Eve thru 5PM 12/26) up to 60.0″. Heavy snow continues to fall. Here is a look at some of the records. #pawx pic.twitter.com/BN5txOpByZ
— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) December 26, 2017
The report added that majority of the snow — 63.8 inches— fell on Monday and Tuesday, breaking the state’s record for most snow observed over a two-day period.
By Friday, it is estimated that an additional foot of snow will fall over the state.
“Lake-effect snow is a winter phenomenon where cold, arctic air blows over the still-warm Great Lakes, forming narrow bands of clouds that can dump heavy snow on nearby communities,” according to a report from Buzzfeed.
Erie officials have since declared a state of emergency and are encouraging motorists to stay off roads and highways, due to “an incredible amount of snow.”
“The City of Erie has declared a Snow Emergency. Roads are dangerous and impassable. This is an incredible amount of snow that we’re trying to move and appreciate resident cooperation. Residents should stay off of City of Erie streets until it stops snowing, and we can get the roads open. City plows have been out since the beginning of this storm, and we will continue to plow throughout the day today,” Erie emergency services posted on their Facebook.
I live just 10 mins outside of #Erie and this sign has never been more relevant and appropriate. 34 inches of snow inside 24 hours on Christmas Day and it’s not stop and more on the way this weekend. pic.twitter.com/SMGG7hiGlu
— Bobby Delaney (@thatgeekdad) December 26, 2017
— Sam Moore (@saymooresam) December 26, 2017
Erie never knowing when to stop. 53 inches and counting. pic.twitter.com/IMjpomGIae
— 🔔 jooble bells 🔔 (@jooblee) December 26, 2017