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Record Christmas storm buries west Pennsylvania in almost 5 feet of snow

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Faye Gross | 28 December, 2017, 01:37

More than 62.9ins have fallen on the city since December 23, with an additional 2-4ins predicted on Wednesday.

"They are no strangers to snow in that part of the state, but this much snow in that short a time is just unprecedented", he said in a telephone interview.

More snow is forecast on Wednesday.

A record-breaking snowfall on Christmas Day brought travel in the Erie area to a near standstill, forcing travelers to reconsider their plans to drive through northwestern Pennsylvania. Erie usually gathers 100 inches during a whole season. After a few more hours and 24 more inches of snow, the NWS announced that Erie had shattered the state's two-day record, which was set in 1958 in Morgantown.

"Roads are unsafe and impassable", Erie police posted to Facebook. "Residents should stay off of City of Erie streets until it stops snowing, and we can get the roads open". State police and the state Department of Transportation are urging people to avoid travel, citing poor visibility and deteriorating conditions.

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In some areas of Erie, residents saw snow growing by one inch every 15 minutes, which is very unusual even by the city's standards.

The winter blast in Erie was caused by cold arctic air moving over the lake, which had relatively mild water temperatures, forecasters said.

"The last two decades we haven't had as much snow as we used to have in the 1970s", Mayor Joseph Sinnott told the Washington Post. We managed to keep the main streets as clear as possible, but the side streets are very deep, and even the SUVs are having trouble.

Wind chill advisories or warnings are in effect for all of North Dakota and Wisconsin, as well as swaths of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.

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