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Erie smashes snowfall record, National Guard activated

Written by The Associated Press/WITF Staff Report | Dec 27, 2017 7:11 AM
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(Erie) -- Snow continues to fall in Erie, and surrounding areas that already have seen a record amount of snow over the past few days.

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says at least an additional 5 to 10 inches are expected through Wednesday.

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 Dec. 23 to more than 62.9 inches.

Governor Tom Wolf announced Tuesday 21 Pennsylvania National Guard troops have been put on State Active Duty to assist with storm response.

Guard members are providing all terrain military vehicles to aid local agencies with medical emergencies and law enforcement, assisting with safety and wellness checks, and assigning a liaison to the Erie County Emergency Operations Center.

Erie has issued a snow emergency, citing "dangerous and impassable" roads. It's asking residents to stay off streets until the snow stops and roads can reopen.

State police and the state Department of Transportation are urging people to avoid travel, citing poor visibility and deteriorating conditions.

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