Snow emergency in USA town after huge storm

Frederick Owens
December 28, 2017

Residents should expect colder-than-normal temperatures for the rest of the week, according to Chicago-area National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley.

The city of Erie, Pa., may have had the whitest Christmas on record - thanks to a winter storm that's dumped almost 5 feet of snow there in the last two days.

But the respite for Erie, a city of about 100,000 in northwest Pennsylvania on the shores of Lake Erie, is expected to be short-lived, with a fresh round of winter storms coming Thursday night predicted to bring as much as 10 inches more snow, forecasters said.

Erie, Pa. has now received over 63-inches of snow since Christmas Eve, adding to an already historic total. 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.

Erie has issued a snow emergency, citing "dangerous and impassable" roads.

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A number of cars and homes were buried in snow, with some residents having to shovel their way out. Members of Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have joined local emergency management officials in staffing the EOC.

It was caused by the "lake-effect" which is where winds blow across the warmer waters of the Great Lakes and help to produce localized bands of intense snow.

"Although we have had snow, not like this, so people are not used to it".

Advisories or warnings are in effect for all of North Dakota and Wisconsin, as well as swaths of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and NY.

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