Over 5 feet of snow falls in New York, Pennsylvania; cold temperatures headed to Northeast, Midwest

Over 5 feet of snow has fallen in parts of western New York and Pennsylvania in a record-breaking lake effect snow event as bitter cold temperatures are heading to the Northeast.

The airport in Erie, Pennsylvania, has had a whopping 65.1 inches of snow from this lake effect event — the highest snowfall total from any event on record in Erie. (Heavy lake effect snow is produced by cold Arctic air moving over relatively mild water temperatures in the Great Lakes.)

Now, with over 100 inches of snow in December, this has become Erie’s snowiest month on record.

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Residents on East 24th Street dig out of a snow storm after a record two-day snowfall, Dec. 26, 2017, in Erie, Pa.
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People dig out the path by their house after the record snowfall in Erie, Penn., Dec. 26, 2017, in this picture obtained from social media.
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A record snowfall hits Erie, Pa., Dec. 27, 2017.

The upstate New York town of Redfield has seen 62.2 inches of snow since Christmas Day, making it the highest two-day snowfall on record for Oswego County, New York.

A state of emergency was declared in Oswego, with the mayor saying in a statement that City Hall is closed and residents should avoid traveling and parking on city streets.

In Lorraine, New York, firefighters reported that a resident was trapped in her home after several feet of snow fell in the area.

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A resident was trapped in her home after over 6 feet of snow fell in the Lorraine, New York, area, Dec. 27, 2017.

“Residents in the Town of Lorraine and Worth, please check on your neighbors,” the fire department wrote on Facebook.

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Snow covers the street on French Settlement Road in Lorraine, New York, Dec. 27, 2017.

Lake effect storm warnings remain in effect this afternoon from east of Cleveland, Ohio, to Erie and to Fulton, New York.

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