At 144 inches and over, Erie nears seasonal snowfall record


Erie is approaching its snowiest winter in the city’s history.

The 2.8 inches of snow recorded Tuesday at Erie International Airport brought Erie’s seasonal snowfall total to 143.8 inches – just 5.3 inches to eclipse the seasonal snowfall record of 149.1-inch city snow in 2000-01.

Erie’s 143.8 seasonal snowfall currently ranks as the city’s third snowiest winter behind the winter of 2000-01 and the total of 145.8 inches that fell in 2008-09.

Total snowfall for Erie from Monday afternoon to Tuesday afternoon measured 3.7 inches.

“A mower system switched to lake-effect snow and improved some of the snow totals inland,” said Zach Sefcovic, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland.

As of Tuesday afternoon, about 57% of Lake Erie remained covered in ice, according to the National Weather Service’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

“Much of the lake is open in the central part of the basin north of Cleveland,” Sefcovic said.

Erie recorded just 0.5 inches of snow in November. This was followed by a month of December that produced the most monthly snowfall – 120.9 inches – in the city’s history.

Erie had recorded 22.4 inches of snow in January Wednesday morning, according to data from the National Weather Service.

Another 1 inch to 3 inches of snow is forecast for the Erie region on Wednesday.

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