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Erie Reach 200 Inches

Issued: 2018-03-14

Erie, Pennsylvania, is nearing 200 inches of snow this season.

The snowiest season of any large U.S. city is held by Buffalo, New York, at 199.4 inches.

A cold, active weather pattern could inch Erie close to that record in the weeks ahead.

Erie, Pennsylvania, has already shattered its seasonal snow record of 152.1 inches by more than 3 feet, and now it's threatening the all-time snowiest winter ever recorded by its snowy neighbor, Buffalo, New York, some 80 miles to the northeast.

(MORE: Erie Breaks All-Time Snow Season Record)

Through Tuesday, Erie had recorded 188.6 inches of snow this winter season. Buffalo's snowiest winter on record occurred 41 years ago, when 199.4 inches piled up during the winter of 1976-77.

That 199.4-inch seasonal total in Buffalo is a modern record for U.S. cities with a population of at least 100,000, the Buffalo News reported, citing data from Patrick DeCoursey of the Golden Snow Globe National Snow Contest.

Erie is now less than a foot away from tying that record, and more snow is likely in the days ahead. In fact, the northwestern Pennsylvania city could be within a few inches of the record by the end of this week.

(FORECAST: Erie, Pennsylvania)

The only other large U.S. city to record a seasonal snowfall total over 190 inches is Syracuse, New York, according to DeCoursey's data. This happened in the winters of 1992-93 (192.1 inches) and 2000-01 (191.9 inches).

An average winter in Erie brings 100.9 inches of snow. If the city reaches 200 inches in the weeks ahead, it would essentially be double the average.

Keep in mind that smaller U.S. cities with a population of less than 100,000 have received more than 200 inches of snow in a season. In fact, Marquette, Michigan, averages 203.6 inches of snow each winter. It received as much as 319.8 inches during the winter of 2001-02.

There will likely be several chances of snow over the next week or two, as colder-than-average temperatures and a stormy weather pattern are expected to remain in place in the East, according to some longer-range forecasts.

(MORE: Duo of Snowmakers Will Close Out Winter in West, Midwest and East)

It's impossible to say for certain whether or not Erie will hit the 200-inch mark before the end of the 2017-18 winter season, but this weather pattern will definitely help inch closer to that mark.

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