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Surreal Photos Show The Record-Breaking Snowfall In Pennsylvania

Brrr!

Posted on December 28, 2017, at 2:43 a.m. ET

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Freezing temperatures and wind chill continued Wednesday as residents of Erie, Pennsylvania, worked to dig themselves out of record-breaking snowfall.

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More than 65 inches of snow have fallen on the Great Lakes city in northwestern Pennsylvania since Christmas Eve.

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The majority of that lake-effect snow — 34 inches — blanketed Erie on Christmas Day, breaking the city's daily record for that day by eight inches.

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Lake-effect snow is a phenomenon where cold arctic air blows over the still-warm Great Lakes, forming narrow bands of clouds that can dump heavy snow on adjacent areas.

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The city declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and asked drivers to stay off city streets, citing "an incredible amount of snow."

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By Wednesday, many roads had been cleared by plows.

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Several more inches of snow fell on Wednesday, while residents worked to dig themselves out.

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Kathleen Palkovic and her son spent two hours shoveling the snow so she could make it to her waitressing job, the AP reported.

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Palkovic then had to drive five miles to get to Dave’s Diner in downtown Erie, which, she told the AP, took an hour.

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Many people in Erie were seen working to get their cars out of the snow.

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While others were just enjoying the winter wonderland.

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