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Erie, Pennsylvania, digs out from record snowfall

Staff Writer |
Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States.

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The snow-hardened city of Erie, Pennsylvania, dug out from a record snowfall.

A storm brought 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day to Erie, an all-time daily snowfall record for the Great Lakes city, and 26.5 more inches on Tuesday.

More than 62 inches have fallen on the city since December 23, with an additional 2 to 4 inches predicted Wednesday as residents dug out in frigid temperatures.

Meanwhile, forecasters warned of hypothermia and frostbite from widespread bitter cold. Wind chill advisories or warnings were in effect for much of northern New England, the northern plains and Great Lakes states, including all of North Dakota and Iowa.

The National Weather Service warned of wind chills between minus 15 and 30 degrees below zero in parts of northern and central Illinois and said the temperature in Maine will remain below freezing for more than 10 days.

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