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Erie, Pennsylvania, racked up over 65 inches of lake-effect snow on Christmas Day and the day after.
The state of Pennsylvania's two-day record snowfall was broken, as well as Erie's one-day snowfall, Christmas Day snowfall and December snowfall records. This is what the final map looks like:
How did this happen? Very simply, a continuous west, cold wind for over 48 hours, which drew moisture up to form clouds and snow, which kept tracking east, "training" over the same areas.
It wasn't just Pennsylvania -- the favored lake-effect area around Oswego County, New York, also got over 5 feet of snow... breaking records there too. These webcams show before-and-after pictures from New York state, courtesy NorthernChateau.com:
And finally, the Erie newspaper from Dec. 26:
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