A Pennsylvania county was pummeled with 60 inches of snow in two days, breaking records and requiring the national guard to help keep the roads and county residents safe.
Starting on Christmas Eve, a massive snow storm swept through Northern Erie County, Penn., accumulating to over 60 inches of snow by late Tuesday afternoon, according to Cleveland’s National Weather Service (NWS), GoErie.com reports.
Thirty-four inches of snow fell on Christmas Day, marking an all-time record for single-day snowfall in Erie. We’ve never seen such “astronomical snow totals over the last 48 hours,” NWS Cleveland meteorologist, Zach Sefcovic, told GoErie.
Cleveland’s NWS also tweeted about the insane amount of snow, which now totals almost 64 inches.
The 7 AM snow observation at Erie International Airport was 1.3″ of new snow since midnight. The 3+ day total since snow began after 7 PM Christmas Eve is 63.8″ of snow. #pawx
— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) December 27, 2017
Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper signed a declaration of disaster emergency early Tuesday afternoon, followed by a call on the National Guard to help alleviate safety concerns and road impasses.
Mayor Joe Sinnott told GoErie that the city had been watching the weather and was prepared for the storm but not for the magnitude of snow.
“I think our guys are doing a tremendous job. But we have work ahead of us,” the city’s assistant director of Public Works, Chuck Zysk, also said according to GoErie.
“I’m a God-fearing man, that’s basically it,” a man identified only as Rick told GoErie. “God is good. He gave us this snow. We always want a white Christmas. Well, we got one.”
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