Photos: Snow Drapes Lake Erie Shoreline in Dangerous Blanket of Whiteouts, Icy Conditions

Visibility Was Near Zero in Erie, Pa., on Wednesday

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Photos: Snow Drapes Lake Erie Shoreline in Dangerous Blanket of Whiteouts, Icy Conditions
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Driving conditions along the Lake Erie shoreline were hampered by untreated roads as rapid snowfall forced …

ERIE, Pa. -- Reports of an approaching winter storm were quickly followed a large dose of snowy white reality in the Erie region along the Lake Erie shoreline. Around three inches fell in a one-hour period between 3 and 4 p.m., leaving drivers to struggle with visibility issues and slippery road conditions.

A blizzard warning was issued for northern Erie County by the National Weather Service at 4 p.m., calling for snow accumulations of eight to 12 inches, and winds out of the northeast carrying gusts of up to 35 mph. Residents of the region have seen only minimal snowfall thus far this winter season, and much of the area was nearly snow-free on Christmas Day.

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