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Snow emergency in US town after huge storm

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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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Some residents had to shovel their way out

The city lies on the shores of Lake Erie.

So, what snow records were smashed?

In fact, a number of them.

The National Weather Center Cleveland on Christmas Day registered a new all-time high for any single day, beating the previous record set in 1956.

The state’s two-day snowfall record from 1944 was also shattered, as well as a storm total snowfall and a monthly snowfall.

How are local residents affected?

A number of cars and homes were buried in snow, with some residents having to shovel their way out.

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Shops and childcare centres were closed.

Some flights to and from the Erie International airport were cancelled.

Meanwhile, social media users have been publishing amazing pictures from the area.

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