Christmas storm buries Erie, Pennsylvania, with record snowfall

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Updated Dec 26, 2017 6:51 PM EST

ERIE, Pa. — Forecasters say a Christmas storm dumped a record amount of snow on the Pennsylvania city of Erie and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service’s office in Cleveland said the storm brought 34 inches of snow to Erie on Christmas Day, which is a new all-time daily snowfall record for the city. 

Another 19 inches fell before dawn Tuesday, bringing the total to 53 inches — the greatest two-day snowfall in Pennsylvania history. The previous record of 44 inches in Morgantown had stood since March 1958. 

And more snow is expected to fall through Wednesday evening. 

CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan reports that the snowpack forced trucks to be dug out along with cars and streets that were blanketed with snow.

CBS Pittsburgh reports travelers were forced to reconsider their plans to drive through northwestern Pennsylvania. The city of Erie issued a snow emergency, citing “dangerous and impassable” roads. Authorities have asked residents to stay off city streets until the snow stops and roads can reopen.   

State police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are also urging motorists to avoid travel, citing poor visibility and deteriorating conditions. 

There have been reports of several cars being stuck on roadways throughout the northern half of Erie County, from the Ohio state line to the New York state line. 

No injuries were reported. 

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