A Christmas storm has dumped a record 53ins of snow in Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas.

The National Weather Service office in Cleveland said Monday’s storm brought 34ins of snow, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie.

Another 19ins fell before dawn on Tuesday, bringing the total to 53ins, the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history. The previous record was 44ins that fell in Morgantown in March 1958.

The city of Erie issued a snow emergency, citing “dangerous and impassable” roads. It asked residents to stay off streets until the snow stops and roads can reopen.

Erie residents shovel snow on East 24th Street after a record two-day snow fall (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-<a href=News via AP)">Erie residents shovel snow on East 24th Street (Greg Wohlford/Erie Times-News via AP)

State police and the state Department of Transportation urged people to avoid travel, citing poor visibility and deteriorating conditions.