Snow emergency in US town after huge storm

nsnewsNSNEWS ONLINE DESK: A heavy storm has brought a record amount of snow to the US city of Erie on Christmas Day, forcing officials to declare a state of emergency.

A total of 34in (86cm) of snow blanketed the city and surrounding areas in the Pennsylvania state.

There was no respite on Boxing Day, with meteorologists registering a grand total of 60in over the two-day period.

Police warned motorists that “roads are dangerous and impassable”, with a number of closures reported.

More snow is forecast on Wednesday.

The officials say the heavy snowstorm is the result of lake-effect snow – when cold air combines with lake water.

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