Get those shovels out, Pennsylvanians.
The city of Erie is operating under a “snow emergency” declaration in the wake of a storm that kicked off shortly after 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. As of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, total accumulation had reached 56.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s the state’s largest-ever snowfall over a two-day period. Data from the NWS puts Erie’s Christmas 2017 accumulation ahead of a 1958 storm in Morgantown, which saw 44 inches pile up over the same period.
The 1 PM snow observation at Erie International Airport was 1.5″ of new snow since 7 AM. This brings the daily total to 20.5″ of snow. The 2-day total since midnight Christmas Day is 54.5″ of snow. The storm total since snow began after 7 PM Christmas Eve is 56.5″ of snow#pawx