Record Christmas storm buries west Pennsylvania in almost 5 feet of snow

Patrick Harden clears snow from the roof of his car on Tuesday Dec. 26 2017 in Erie

In addition, the county is collaborating with the City of Erie and the state to secure additional resources for snow removal, and is also working with local hospitals to ensure that medical professionals can obtain a ride to work so that hospitals can maintain necessary staffing, Grappy said.

A heavy storm has brought a record amount of snow to the U.S. city of Erie on Christmas Day, forcing officials to declare a state of emergency. Another 19 inches fell before dawn Tuesday, making the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history. Erie usually gathers 100 inches during a whole season.

A husky is buried in deep snow.

State police and the state's department of transportation urged people to avoid travel, citing poor visibility and deteriorating conditions.

An extra foot of snow could land in the city by Wednesday, weather experts warned. During the autumn and early winter, cold air pours over the relatively warm lake waters, picking up moisture and depositing it as snow. "We are out of whiskey", wrote Instagram user @theworldaroundnikki, along with a video showing her Pennsylvania home surrounded by snow.

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As of Wednesday morning, snow was still falling in Erie, according to the National Weather Service.

A white Christmas for much of the north east and Midwest has given way to bitter cold until the New Year.

Wind chill advisories or warnings are in effect for parts of several states, including Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and Maine.

Meteorologists warn frostbite is possible with as little as 30 minutes of exposure.

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