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Christmas storm brings record snow to Erie, Pennsylvania

27 December 2017

- If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, you're not dreaming: It's probably going to be a white Christmas.

A Christmas storm has dumped a record amount of snow on Erie, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas.

The system that came Sunday afternoon from the west-northwest brought about two inches of snow accumulation by Sunday evening, with another inch or two expected to fall by 2 to 3 a.m. Monday, according to the weather service. 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.

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

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

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

Temperatures hovered around zero degrees in Chicago on Tuesday.

This photo was snapped today in Duluth, Minnesota, where temperatures fell to minus-21 degrees with a wind chill of minus-44.

- How's this for a white Christmas? The day will be mostly cloudy and cold, with a high near 15 and wind chill values as low as minus 10, and light and variable wind becoming west 10 to 15 miles per hour in the morning.

The National Weather Service in the Northern Plains and western Great Lakes is warning that exposed skin could be prone to frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.

Christmas storm brings record snow to Erie, Pennsylvania