Frigid Weather Follows More Heavy Snow in Erie County

| January 2, 2018

ERIE, Pa. (EYT) – The wild winter weather continues in Erie.

More than a foot of snow fell at the Erie International Airport over the weekend, bringing its December total to 121.3 inches.

According to goerie.com, 83.3 inches of snow have fallen since December 24.

Records were broken with 60.5 inches of snow falling in the area between December 24 and December 26.

According to erienewsnow.com, Erie Public Schools were closed on Tuesday while several others schools were operating on a two-hour delay.

The region is also under a wind chill advisory, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds are expected to range from 14 to 23 miles per hour with gusts as high as 33 mph, resulting in wind chills down to minus-10 degrees.

Another one to two inches is expected on Wednesday night.

Plow crews remain busy cleaning up snow in main routes and some side streets.

A major issue with street-cleaning efforts in the inner city was the number of vehicles parked on roads and streets that made snow removal efforts difficult, if not virtually impossible.

The city is under a snow emergency, which dictates cars must be moved, so plow trucks can move the snow off streets and roads.

The problems were the same in Millcreek Township as snow-entombed vehicles parked along roadways made it hard to plows to clear the snow.

According to Erie News Now, part of a metal roof at the All-Weather Roofing and Siding Company collapsed under the weight of snow on Friday night.

A 50-feet by 20 feet section of the roof was damaged.

Emergency dispatchers told Erie News Now that the company’s owner was inside the building at the time of the collapse, but was not injured.

Snow removal efforts in Erie County were aided over the weekend by the efforts of two outside volunteer organizations.

Members of Civil Air Patrol groups from throughout Pennsylvania had been in Erie since Friday helping to clear snow from the properties of residents in need. The patrols began demobilizing on Sunday, but they will reevaluate things and could possibly return to the county next weekend to continue helping out, according to Dale Robinson, Erie County’s emergency management coordinator.

Members of Team Rubicon, a military veteran-led disaster relief organization, also started arriving in Erie on Friday. The group initially sent 15 members, but the number doubled Monday and their mission in Erie County will extend for another week, said Matt Sanders, Team Rubicon’s incident commander in Erie County.

Team Rubicon, like the Civil Air Patrol, is working off a list of people eligible to receive snow removal assistance that was created through calls to the United Way of Erie County’s 211 call center.

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions can be obtained from the state Department of Transportation website.


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