December 1, 2006 Winter Storm - Blizzard

A major winter storm - blizzard affected portions of south central and southeast Wisconsin between 300 am and 300 pm on December 1, 2006.  This was the first widespread winter storm for the 2006-07 winter season.  The worst of the storm was over the counties of Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha where at least 10 inches was measured.  The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Kenosha measured 17 inches, the greatest total in south-central or southeast Wisconsin.

Outright blizzard conditions occurred between about 600 am and 1100 am within 3 to 5 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline in the counties of Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha.  Northerly winds gusted to 35 to 40 mph in this area, with visibilities reduced to zero to 1/4 mile.  The last time blizzard conditions were experienced over south central or southeast Wisconsin was on January 2, 1999 - in a storm known as the "Grid-lock Storm."

Forecast area map
SE WI Snow
regional snowfall map
Regional Snow Map
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Visible Satellite Image

Some thunder and lightning was noted around Port Washington as well. Over the remainder of the area east of State Highway 26, moderate to heavy snow occasionally reduced visibilities to 1/4 mile or less.  A stretch of Interstate-94 east of Moorland road, where the road decends as one goes east, was closed  for a while Friday morning to allow snowplow crews time to push the snow to the roadside.  Airplane flights were eiither delayed or cancelled at Milwaukee Mitchell International airport.

BELOW IS A PRELIMINARY LISTING OF SNOW AMOUNTS RECEIVED FROM
OFFICIAL CO-OP OBSERVERS...SPOTTERS...COAST GUARD STATIONS...HIGHWAY
DEPARTMENTS...AND GENERAL PUBLIC. THE POSTED TIME IS THE TIME THE
SNOW MEASUREMENT WAS TAKEN.

SNOW LOCATION COUNTY TIME
17.0 KENOSHA COAST GUARD KENOSHA 200 PM
16.0 TWIN LAKES KENOSHA 1053 AM
15.2 4 NW PLEASANT PRAIRIE KENOSHA 130 PM
14.5 FRANKSVILLE RACINE 646 PM
14.5 RACINE RACINE 1053 AM
14.0 KENOSHA KENOSHA 121 PM
13.7 GENOA CITY WALWORTH 955 AM
13.5 KENOSHA KENOSHA 1024 AM
13.5 GENESSEE WAUKESHA 1255 PM
13.5 3 S LA GRANGE WALWORTH 1200 PM
13.3 1 SE EAGLE WAUKESHA 1050 AM
13.0 KENOSHA KENOSHA 152 PM
13.0 MUKWANAGO WAUKESHA 1000 AM
12.5 3 SE WAUKESHA WAUKESHA 1036 AM
12.5 ELKHORN WALWORTH 1119 AM
12.4 WEST ALLIS MILWAUKEE 300 PM
12.3 RACINE RACINE 121 PM
12.0 BROOKFIELD WAUKESHA 1030 AM
12.0 WAUKESHA /NEAR AIRPORT/ WAUKESHA 112 PM
12.0 NORTH PRAIRIE WAUKESHA 1215 PM
11.7 WEST ALLIS MILWAUKEE 1103 AM
11.6 3 S WAUKESHA WAUKESHA 1212 PM
11.5 SUSSEX WAUKESHA 130 PM
11.5 DELAVAN WALWORTH 1120 AM
11.3 1 N WAUKESHA WAUKESHA 1150 AM
11.2 HARTLAND WAUKESHA 1045 AM
11.0 WAUKESHA WAUKESHA 1022 AM
11.0 WAUWATOSA MILWAUKEE 1140 AM
10.8 JACKSON WASHINGTON 500 PM
10.5 NORTH PRAIRIE WAUKESHA 1000 AM
10.5 5 NW MILWAUKEE MILWAUKEE 830 PM
10.5 GERMANTOWN WASHINGTON 130 PM
10.5 3 SE PALMYRA JEFFERSON 430 PM
10.1 MILWAUKEE MITCHELL FIELD MILWAUKEE 600 PM
10.0 1 N WAUKESHA WAUKESHA 1054 AM
10.0 SUSSEX WAUKESHA 415 PM
10.0 1 E MEQUON OZAUKEE 508 PM
10.0 PORT WASHINGTON OZAUKEE 1255 PM
10.0 3 E OCONOMOWOC WAUKESHA 300 PM
9.8 MILWAUKEE DOWNTOWN MILWAUKEE 1135 AM
9.8 WEST BEND WASHINGTON 116 PM
9.6 3 SE SULLIVAN NWS OFFICE JEFFERSON 600 PM
9.5 EAGLE WAUKESHA 543 PM
9.5 MERTON WAUKESHA 1115 AM
9.2 HARTFORD WASHINGTON 130 PM
9.0 2 NE GLENDALE MILWAUKEE 1215 PM
9.0 2 SW OCONOMOWOC WAUKESHA 200 PM
9.0 1 NNE MENOMONEE FALLS WAUKESHA 345 PM
9.0 CALEDONIA RACINE 1225 PM
8.8 2 E OCONOMOWOC WAUKESHA 1000 AM
8.8 4 W BROOKFIELD WAUKESHA 230 PM
8.6 KEWASKUM WASHINGTON 430 PM
8.3 WEST BEND WASHINGTON 1019 AM
8.3 JANESVILLE ROCK 1123 AM
8.0 HELENVILLE JEFFERSON 347 PM
8.0 SHEBOYGAN SHEBOYGAN 106 PM
7.8 HARTFORD WASHINGTON 1024 AM
7.7 5 SSW MILWAUKEE MILWAUKEE 700 PM
7.5 5 WSW HOWARDS GROVE SHEBOYGAN 600 PM
7.0 9 WNW BELOIT ROCK 915 AM
6.1 2 SE FOND DU LAC FOND DU LAC 407 PM
6.0 SHEBOYGAN FALLS SHEBOYGAN 1035 AM
6.0 RANDOM LAKE SHEBOYGAN 1100 AM
6.0 1 N JEFFERSON JEFFERSON 304 PM
6.0 ALBION DANE 1100 AM
6.0 1 N JEFFERSON JEFFERSON 304 PM

THE SNOW CONTINUED TO BETWEEN NOON AND 130 PM OVER EASTERN
WISCONSIN...CONSEQUENTLY SOME SNOWFALL TOTALS TAKEN UNTIL NOON WERE
PROBABLY UP TO INCH OR SO HIGHER ONCE THE SNOW STOPPED.



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