UPDATE as of 3:30ET: County executive Kathy Dahlkemper has signed a Declaration of Disaster Emergency for Erie county to help with recent heavy snowfall aide.
Signed Declaration of Disaster Emergency allowing needed resources to be obtained. Thank you for staying home. It is helping w efforts!
— Kathy Dahlkemper (@kdahlkemper) December 26, 2017
Many people wanted a White Christmas but this is taking it too far.
On Christmas day, Erie picked up 34″ of snow. Then, they received another 19′ before the sun even rose.
All of this snow prompted the city to declare a “Snow Emergency.” This is a term used to indicated an active response plan from the city or county.
Erie is now under a Snow Emergency as historic amounts of snow continue to pile up. Erie has seen 53" of snow in the past 30 hours. pic.twitter.com/Angr8f97Ye
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) December 26, 2017
This is a lot of snow, even for Erie, PA.
This beats the 13-day total snowfall record for Erie, PA. Previous record was 52.8" from 12/31/98-1/12/99.
— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) December 26, 2017
Just on Christmas day alone, a band of snow set up over the city and dumped 34″ in under 24 hours.
Expect Dangerous Whiteout conditions near Erie, PA in heavy
Lake Effect snow. Expect 1-3" hourly snowfall rates where bands
persists. Travel will be extremely difficult. pic.twitter.com/BQksvcsMEW
— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) December 25, 2017
While there may be breaks in the snow, wind will be favorable for lake-effect snow showers to continue until Wednesday. Erie is under a Lake Effect Snow Warning until Wednesday at 4:00pm ET. An additional 4 to 8 inches with locally higher accumulations in spots. Snow rates could be as much as 3′ per hour.
Not sure what over 50 inches of snow looks like? Check out some of these photos.
— David Wolter (@DavidWolter1) December 26, 2017
— aMyM (@MommyMoose) December 26, 2017
— Jere❌y (@jsab4807) December 26, 2017
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
— Abby Skinner (@AbbySkinner1) December 26, 2017
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Kate Mantych