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Southeast Wisconsin
Lake Effect Snow Event

January 9, 2004


Cold air flowing down the relatively warm waters of Lake Michigan led to the development of lake-effect snow bands that moved inland from Lake Michigan and Lake Superior on northeast winds. Several inches of fluffy snow fell in the Milwaukee Metro Area. The greatest accumulation of 6.1 inches occuured on the UW-Milwaukee campus. The Lake Michigan shoreline counties normally experience two or three lake-effect snow events each winter, however, accumulations of 6 inches are not common. The snow showers diminished in strength as they moved southwest, but some lake-effect snowflakes were seen as far west as Fort Atkinson in Jefferson County.

Here is a table of some snow totals:

Milwaukee Downtown    Milwaukee    6.1
UW-Milwaukee Campus   Milwaukee    6.0
Glendale              Milwaukee    5.3
Mitchell Intl Airport Milwaukee    5.3
Sheboygan Coast Guard Sheboygan    5.0
Sheboygan             Sheboygan    4.5
Milwaukee South Side  Milwaukee    4.0
South Milwaukee       Milwaukee    4.0
Milwaukee 2S          Milwaukee    3.7
Greenfield            Milwaukee    3.7
Town of Sheboygan     Sheboygan    3.5
West Allis            Milwaukee    3.0
Caledonia             Racine       2.5
Milwaukee Coast Guard Milwaukee    2.0
Brookfield            Waukesha     2.0
Waukesha 2S           Waukesha     1.8
Union Grove           Racine       1.5
Mount Mary College    Milwaukee    1.0
Port Washington       Ozaukee      1.0 to 2.0
Fredonia              Ozaukee      1.0
Batten Airport        Racine       0.8
Racine                Racine       0.5
Kenosha Coast Guard   Kenosha      0.3
Kenosha               Kenosha      0.3
Kewaunee 6 S          Kewaunee     7.6"
Two Rivers            Manitowoc    7.5"
Two Creeks            Manitowoc    7.0"
Point Beach State Forest 2 W Manitowoc 6.0"
Manitowoc             Manitowoc    4.0"
Tisch Mills           Manitowoc    4.0"

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