Christmas storm buries Erie, Pennsylvania in record amount of snow

Posted December 27, 2017

A white Christmas for much of the Northeast and Midwest has given way to bitter cold until the New Year.

The storm system attacking the Mississippi River and to the east started in Nebraska, swept across Iowa and will dump several inches of snow on Chicago.

Another 19 inches fell before dawn Tuesday, bringing the total to 53 inches, the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history. The previous record for December 25 was 8.1 inches, set in 2002, and the previous single-day snowfall record was 20 inches, set on November 22, 1956.

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Due to the massive snowfall, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is restricting commercial vehicle travel on some Erie County interstates.

An active weather pattern will remain in place through next week with frequent disturbances causing a few inches of snow from time to time.

The National Weather Service said that temperatures in the low 20s feel like the mid teens given the wind chill.

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Some travel bans are in effect in the Buffalo area, ABC affiliate WKBW-TV reported this morning.

- How's this for a white Christmas?

A major cold blast is stretching across the country with 18 states from Montana to NY feeling unsafe wind chills. A wind advisory was in effect from 1 p.m.to 7 p.m. Monday, given the potential for gusts of up to 50 miles per hour and potential for downed tree limbs and branches. Meteorologists say frostbite is possible with as little as 30 minutes of exposure.

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