After two days of non-stop snow, the city of Erie, Pennsylvania is buried under more than five feet of snow, a new record for the city, which sits along the shores of Lake Erie, just south of the Canadian border. Residents in Erie are used to large amounts of snow, with an annual snowfall of 100 inches in the city thanks to lake effect snow, but an amount like this is unprecedented in such a short time, with the city receiving 34 inches on Christmas day, beating the previous record for the city of 20 inches on Thanksgiving Day in 1956.
The city declared a disaster emergency in order to receive the necessary supplies for the storm, and the Governor of Pennsylvania also deployed 21 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to the city. Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper stated:
We’re used to a lot of snow here in Erie, but this is unprecedented, the amount we got.
Many of the residents, although snow veterans, were shocked by the amount of snow the city received and began to share pictures and videos of the storm all over social media.
— Sam Moore (@saymooresam) December 26, 2017
Believe it or not, the person standing in the above photo is 5′ 10″!
— Kathy B (@ChattyKathy715) December 26, 2017
While the “snow machine” did stop, more than a foot of snow is predicted to hit the city in the coming days.
Even dogs got in on the winter fun!
— hollin (@jungpadawan) December 26, 2017
As an Erie resident, I can confirm that this is what it’s like when you open your windows.
While the city may have been snowed in, many Erieites knew how to have a good time in the winter wonderland they were gifted.
Erieites know how to get a good tan, whether it’s on Presque Isle during the summer or in a giant snow pile during the winter.
The storm caused a collapse at a local sports complex and forced the local airport to shut down. However, no injuries have been reported. While the city may currently look like an arctic tundra, life carries on as usual in the city, just with a little more snow than usual.