Snow piled up in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday after two hours of record-breaking snowfall that had already surpassed 5 feet (1.5 meters), give up city and state records, according to the National Weather Service.
Although residents are used to winter snow squalls blowing in from adjacent Lake Erie, which straddles the border with Canada, the Christmas fume is already one for the ages.
“This is an incredible amount of snow that we’re worrying to move,” the Erie Police Department said in statement after the municipality declared a “snow emergency” on Tuesday, imploring people to stay off the roadways.
By Tuesday evening, meteorologists had counted at least seven different metropolis and state records broken by the storm.
The 34 inches (0.86 meters) that level on Christmas Day alone was a new record for any single day in Erie, handily beating the 20-inch report set back in 1956, the National Weather Service said.
And the storm penurious a 59-year-old record for two-day snowfall recorded anywhere in Pennsylvania, totaling 58 inches when Tuesday’s barrage was annexed and beating the 44-inch record set in Morgantown in 1958.
Another two to four inches of snow were prediction for Wednesday, with up to 6 inches in some places.
No residents of Erie, a burg of 99,000 people according to recent U.S. census estimates, have been publicly boomed as being injured in the storm, though some have complained to county news outlets about how long it takes to shovel out their driveways this week.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf deployed 21 Pennsylvania Popular Guard troops along with some all-terrain military instruments to the region on Tuesday to help residents dig out, check on people’s well-being and haul emergency responders around the area.