Erie, Pennsylvania, Smashes State Snowfall Record w/More Than 65 Inches of Snow Since Christmas Eve

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Article By: Jonathan Erdman

A lake-effect snowstorm hammered Erie, Pennsylvania, Christmas Day into Tuesday, shattering not only city records, but also at least one all-time Pennsylvania snowstorm record.

A stationary lake-effect snowband off Lake Erie dumped an incredible 34 inches of snow at Erie Airport on Christmas Day alone, quadrupling its previous record-snowiest Christmas Day – 8.1 inches in 2002 – as well as smashing its all-time snowiest single day on record by over a foot – 20 inches on Nov. 11, 1956.

That heavy snow continued into Wednesday morning, bringing its storm total since 7 p.m. EST Christmas Eve to an incredible 65.1 inches of snow – more than five feet of snow – in about 60 hours.

This prolific event shattered all previous multi-day snowfall records in Erie dating to 1893, according to the National Weather Service office in Cleveland, including:

  • Two-day snowfall: 26.7 inches (Nov. 24-25, 1950; the “Great Appalachian Storm”)
  • Three-day snowfall: 30.2 inches (Dec. 29-31, 2002)
  • Seven-day snowfall: 39.8 inches (Dec. 27, 2001 – Jan. 2, 2002)
  • 13-day snowfall: 52.8 inches (Dec. 31, 1998 – Jan. 12, 1999)

That’s not a misprint. Erie picked up more snow in less than 36 hours in this event than its previous 13-day snowstorm record.

Needless to say, the 102.1 inches of snow so far in December, through Wednesday, is the city’s snowiest single month on record, crushing the previous record of 66.9 inches in December 1989. This is also more snow in one month than Erie averages in an entire winter season – 101 inches.