Christmas Brings Snow, Strong Winds to New England

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Christmas Brings Snow, Strong Winds to New England

- If you live in the Northeast or Midwest, you're not dreaming: It's probably going to be a white Christmas.

Records were shattered in Erie, Pennsylvania, when 34 inches of snow fell on Christmas Day, making it Erie's snowiest December 25 on record.

Another 19ins fell before dawn on Tuesday, bringing the total to 53ins, the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history. Aside from a lake-effect dump of as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters), accumulation in the nation's third-largest city will be slightly less than predicted, said Ricky Castro, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The previous record was the 44 inches that fell in Morgantown in March 1958.

Due to the massive snowfall, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is restricting commercial vehicle travel on some Erie County interstates.

And the snow isn't over. The sky will remain overcast until the late afternoon, at which time it will be partly sunny, with temperature highs in the lower 20s, according to the weather service.

Some travel bans are in effect in the Buffalo area, ABC affiliate WKBW-TV reported this morning.

It's a welcome site for snow-lovers in a season short on the white stuff - just over 2 inches (5 centimeters) previously in Chicago, Castro said.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES have been posted for most of the NBC Montana viewing area. Expect another 4 to 8 inches of snow from tonight through Wednesday evening with locally higher amounts possible.

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