Snowfall during the 2004-2005 season was well above normal across most of northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. Record seasonal snow fell at Cleveland with 117.9 inches. In Mansfield, 86.6 inches of snow fell, making it the second snowiest winter on record. 122.6 inches fell in Erie making it the third snowiest winter on record. Snow totals ranged from over 200 inches in northern Geauga County (northeast Ohio) and inland Erie County (northwest Pennsylvania) to less than 40 inches south of Canton and Marion Ohio. The winter was marked by a number of significant synoptic winter storms, one just before Christmas and another in early January, both of which brought heavy snow and a heavy accumulation of ice from freezing rain across parts of north central and northeast Ohio. Two more heavy snow storms occurred in April including a late season storm on the 24th and 25th. The heavy seasonal snows were all the more impressive considering that lake effect snow was limited to a few events due to the absence of many arctic air masses. Lake Erie did become mostly ice covered from late January into March. Temperatures were near to above normal for most of the winter until March when it became colder than normal.