Pennsylvania

Flakes still falling day after Erie broke Berks-held record

Governor activates 21 National Guard troops

ERIE, Pa. - Snow continues to fall in Erie and surrounding areas that already have seen a record amount of snow over the past few days, prompting a disaster emergency declaration.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper signed a declaration of disaster emergency, which she said would allow "needed resources to be obtained."

Emergency management coordinator Dale Robinson said that will allow officials to bring in some National Guard resources, with forecasters predicting more snow Wednesday.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf responded by putting 21 National Guard troops on active duty in the area.

"Our National Guard members are trained to assist the citizens of our commonwealth during severe winter storms like Erie is experiencing right now," Wolf said. "We are very fortunate that they live and work in our communities and are able to mobilize on short notice in order to provide the manpower and equipment needed in northwestern Pennsylvania."

The storm brought 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Another 24.5 inches fell by Tuesday night, bringing the total since December 23 to more than 62.9 inches.

"This is now the biggest two-day snow total on record for Pennsylvania, besting the old record of 44 inches, which was set in Morgantown [Berks County] from March 20-21, 1958," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Bill Deger.

Erie has issued a snow emergency, citing "dangerous and impassable" roads. Officials urged people to avoid travel.


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