'It Might Be the Last Time I Wish for a White Christmas'

Erie, Pennsylvania, gets record-setting amount on Christmas Day
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2017 4:15 PM CST
Erie, Pa., residents on East 24th Street dig out on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, after a record two-day snowfall. The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says the storm brought 34 inches on Christmas...   (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News via AP)

(Newser) – On Nov. 22, 1956, Erie, Pennsylvania, got buried by 20 inches of snow, reports CNN. That record was crushed on Christmas Day, when 34 inches covered the city ... and then kept falling. By 6am Tuesday, the total snowfall clocked in at 53 inches, which the National Weather Service tweeted is a state record for a two-day period; the previous record, from 1958, was the 44 inches that fell on Morgantown.

And the lake-effect snow that brought the huge dump is set to continue through 4pm Wednesday, reports TribLive, with as much as another 16 inches coming. The paper notes the Christmas Day snowfall was so great it came close to besting Erie' record for the most snow in seven days: 39.8 inches that fell between Dec. 27, 2001, and Jan. 2, 2002. As one 28-year-old who said he had already shoveled his mother's driveway three times tells NPR, "It might be the last time I wish for a white Christmas." (Read more snow stories.)

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