Combine the 65 inches of snow accumulation that is already on the ground with the potential 16 inches of snow expected this weekend, and Erie could have 81 inches of snow. That's nearly 7 feet of snow!
The snowfall totals are so extreme, the National Weather Service is even feeling pity for western Pennsylvania. They apologized for the forecast:
"So, will issue a winter storm watch for portions of northeast Ohio and northwest PA with 12-16 inches possible Friday through Saturday...highest amounts likely Erie county PA. (Sorry). Temps remain much colder than normal with highs mostly teens today and possibly a few near 20 Friday."