Snowstorm
February 5-6, 2004
Southern wisconsin detail graphic
Southern Wisconsin Detail
Statewide Snowfall
Statewide Snowfall
Snow Depth After Storm
Snow Depth After Storm


A potent winter storm system moved out of the central and southern Plain States and into Missouri Thursday. Although the surface low pressure center associated with this system remained well to the south of Wisconsin, other strong forcing mechanisms in the upper atmosphere combined to produce moderate to heavy snowfall across the state.

Significant snow began to spread into the southwest and south central portions of Wisconsin around 4 PM Thursday afternoon, ahead of a strong upper air disturbance. By 830 PM some counties in the far southwest and south central were reporting 2 to 4 inches of new snow accumulation. By 10 PM portions of southern Wisconsin from Milwaukee to Madison and southward (initially affected by drier air) had accumulated 1 to 3 inches.

By late Thursday night, low pressure in the upper atmosphere had moved into southern Wisconsin helping to continue snowfall at the rate of to 1 inch per hour. By 230 AM Friday, Sauk, Green Lake and Marquette counties were reporting 5 to 7 inches of new snow but snowfall rates around southern Wisconsin were beginning to decrease rapidly.

Snowfall totals for the snow event showed that the heaviest accumulations west and north of the Madison area, with 8 to 10 inches over Sauk, Columbia and Marquette counties.

Elsewhere in the state across western and northern Wisconsin snowfall amounts generally ranged from 1 to 5 inches. But in east central and northeast Wisconsin, the vigorous upper level disturbance produced another maximum area of 5 to 8 inches of new snow, with local areas of up to 10 inches.

Here are Snowfall and Snowdepth reports from across Wisconsin:

County      Location            Snowfall / Snowdepth

            DULUTH, MN-AIRPORT      0.7   23
DOUGLAS     GORDON                  0.2   14
WASHBURN    SARONA-HAM              1.0   14
SAWYER      NEW POST-10NE-MOOSE LK    T   18
BARRON      CUMBERLAND-HAM          1.0   16
CHIPPEWA    BLOOMER                 3.0   12
CHIPPEWA    HOLCOMBE                2.3   17
CHIPPEWA    JIM FALLS-3NW           3.0   15
CHIPPEWA    STANLEY                 4.0   15
ASHLAND     BUTTERNUT-3N            1.5   11
IRON        UPSON                    T    23         
VILAS       PRESQUE ISLE            1.5   25
VILAS       LAND O LAKES-10 W       1.0   18
VILAS       PHELPS-WWTP             0.8   18
VILAS       ST. GERMAIN-2 NE        1.0   18
PRICE       PARK FALLS-HAM          2.0   17
PRICE       PHILLIPS-SOUTH-HAM      1.5   19
ONEIDA      RHINELANDER-3 NE        1.4   15
LINCOLN     TOMAHAWK 10 E-HARRISON  1.0   15
LINCOLN     MERRILL-NORTHEAST-HAM   2.0   14
LINCOLN     TOMAHAWK-BRADLEY-RICE   1.2   14
TAYLOR      MEDFORD-WWTP            2.0     
TAYLOR      GOODRICH                2.0     
CLARK       HATFIELD-2 N            4.0   17
CLARK       NEILLSVILLE-3 SW        2.0   11
CLARK       OWEN                    3.6   17
MARATHON    ROSHOLT-9 NE-GALLOWAY   4.0   15
MARATHON    WAUSAU-NORTH-HAM        2.3   11
MARATHON    WAUSAU-SOUTH-HAM        1.8   13
MARATHON    COLBY-5 NE              1.3   19
MARATHON    MOSINEE-5 SW-MOON       2.8   10
FOREST      ALVIN-3 NW              1.2   23
FOREST      HILES                   1.0   17
FOREST      CRANDON-METONGA LAKE    1.5   12
FOREST      LAONA-6 SW              2.3   15
FLORENCE    FLORENCE-UTILITY        1.5   14
FLORENCE    LONG LAKE-3 NE          1.5   16
FLORENCE    AURORA                  2.0   12
FLORENCE    AURORA-4 W-HOMESTEAD    1.6    8
MARINETTE   ATHELSTANE-2 E          4.1   14
MARINETTE   CRIVITZ-15NW (6PM-6PM)  0.0    9
MARINETTE   CRIVITZ-10 NW-HI FALLS  4.7   15
MARINETTE   MCALLISTER 4NE-WPS DAM  8.5   17
MARINETTE   WAUSAUKEE-DNR           5.4   13
MARINETTE   CRIVITZ-WPS            10.0   17
MARINETTE   PESHTIGO-WWTP           7.0   17
MARINETTE   MARINETTE 3 SW-WPS     10.5   19
LANGLADE    LANGLADE-DNR            3.5   16
LANGLADE    ANTIGO                  2.0    7
OCONTO      TOWNSEND-2 NW           4.1   12
OCONTO      LAKEWOOD-3NE-DNR        3.0   13
OCONTO      MOUNTAIN-1 SW           5.6   16
OCONTO      OCONTO-4 W-RADIO        8.5   19
OCONTO      OCONTO FALLS-ELECTRIC   8.5   16
OCONTO      SURING-WWTP             8.0   18
SHAWANO     BOWLER-4E-STOCK./MUNSEE 4.7   17
SHAWANO     PELLA-3 SE              6.0   18
SHAWANO     ANGELICA-3 S-HOFA PARK  5.1   13
SHAWANO     NAVARINO-5 WSW          7.5   12
DUNN        ELK MOUND               4.0   13
EAU CLAIRE  ALTOONA-HAM             4.5   19
EAU CLAIRE  EAU CLAIRE-6 S-HAM      4.0   14
BUFFALO     MONDOVI-6 S             3.0                 
TREMPEALEAU ARCADIA-HAM             3.0   20
JACKSON     MATHER-3 NW             3.2   12
JACKSON     HIXTON-5 W              3.3     
JACKSON     TAYLOR                  3.5     
LA CROSSE   BANGOR-13NNE-4 CORNERS  4.5    9
LA CROSSE   HOLMEN-2 S              3.8   11
LA CROSSE   LA CROSSE-AIRPORT       4.1   11
LA CROSSE   LA CROSSE-NWS-RIDGE     4.8   13
LA CROSSE   LA CROSSE-5 SE          5.5   14
MONROE      TUNNEL CITY             4.3   11
MONROE      SPARTA                  3.5    8
WOOD        MARSHFIELD-3SE-UW FARM  4.0   14
WOOD        PORT EDWARDS-HAM        4.0   14
WOOD        WIS. RAPIDS-POWER       4.0   12
PORTAGE     STEVENS POINT-WWTP      3.0   12
PORTAGE     STEVENS PT-WHITING-HAM  3.8   14
PORTAGE     PLOVER-HAM              2.0   11
PORTAGE     PLOVER-SOUTH            3.2   13
WAUPACA     CLINTONVILLE-WWTP       6.5   12
WAUPACA     WAUPACA-RADIO           5.0   14
JUNEAU      CAMP DOUGLAS-VOLK FLD   6.1   16
ADAMS       MONROE CENTER-1 E-HAM   5.0   13
WAUSHARA    HANCOCK-UW FARM         5.0   15
WAUSHARA    WAUTOMA-4 N             6.8   15
MARQUETTE   OXFORD-6 N              9.2   18
DOOR        WASHINGTON ISLAND       7.5   19
DOOR        SISTER BAY-4 E          9.5   19
DOOR        EPHRAIM-5 SE-NORTH BAY  9.5   21
DOOR        BAILEYS HARBOR-HAM      6.4   16
DOOR        BAILEYS HARB-4W-PENCTR 10.0   19
DOOR        CARLSVILLE              9.1   22
DOOR        STURGEON BAY-3 NE-UW    8.0   32
DOOR        STURGEON BAY-2 NW       7.4   19
DOOR        FORESTVILLE-4 E         7.0   20
OUTAGAMIE   SHIOCTON-UTILITY        4.5   14
OUTAGAMIE   NEW LONDON              4.5   15
OUTAGAMIE   APPLETON-NORTHWEST      6.0   15
OUTAGAMIE   APPLETON-RADIO          5.5   15
OUTAGAMIE   KIMBERLY                6.4   15
BROWN       SUAMICO-3 SW            6.0   17
BROWN       GREEN BAY-9 NW-MILL CTR 4.5    8
BROWN       GREEN BAY-AIRPORT       7.0   15
BROWN       GREEN BAY-BOTANICAL     6.0   15
KEWAUNEE    ALGOMA                  5.0   24
KEWAUNEE    LUXEMBURG               4.0   16
KEWAUNEE    KEWAUNEE-WWTP           5.0   15
WINNEBAGO   NEENAH-8 W-LARSEN-HAM   6.5   10
WINNEBAGO   OSHKOSH-WWTP            6.0   13
WINNEBAGO   OSHKOSH-WEST-HAM        6.0   13
CALUMET     BRILLION-WWTP           5.0   12
CALUMET     CHILTON-WWTP            6.1   14
MANITOWOC   MANITOWOC-SOUTH         6.6   18
MANITOWOC   KIEL-HIGH SCHOOL        7.2    8
FOND DU LAC NORTH FOND DU LAC-HAM   6.0   14
FOND DU LAC TAYCHEEDAH-ST. PETER    4.5   15
FOND DU LAC FOND DU LAC-2 SW        4.3   12
SHEBOYGAN   HOWARDS GROVE           4.5   14
SHEBOYGAN   ELKHART LAKE            6.1   20
SHEBOYGAN   SHEBOYGAN-SOUTHWEST     5.0   13
SHEBOYGAN   SHEBOYGAN-SOUTH         4.3   12
SHEBOYGAN   HINGHAM-WWTP            4.3   15
SHEBOYGAN   GIBBSVILLE-SANITARY     5.5   16
VERNON      READSTOWN               5.6   11
VERNON      WESTBY-WWTP             5.0   14
CRAWFORD    GAYS MILLS              6.5   12
CRAWFORD    PRAIRIE DU CHIEN-WATER  6.8   10
RICHLAND    HUB CITY-2 NW           7.5   13
RICHLAND    RICHLAND CENTER         7.5   10
SAUK        LA VALLE-FIRE           5.0   13
SAUK        REEDSBURG-1 NNE         8.5   14
SAUK        REEDSBURG-1 ESE         8.4   14
GRANT       LANCASTER-4WSW-UW FARM  7.0   11
GRANT       PLATTEVILLE             6.8   11
GRANT       CUBA CITY-WWTP          6.5   13
IOWA        DODGEVILLE-2 N          5.0   12
IOWA        DODGEVILLE-WWTP         6.0   11
LAFAYETTE   ARGYLE                  5.0    9
COLUMBIA    WISCONSIN DELLS-HAM     8.0   15
COLUMBIA    PORTAGE-WWTP            5.5   13
COLUMBIA    POYNETTE-7 WNW-LK WIS.  5.0   11
COLUMBIA    ARLINGTON-UW FARM       5.0   14
DODGE       BEAVER DAM-1 N          3.7   12
DODGE       BEAVER DAM-1 NW-HAM     5.0   12
DODGE       HUSTISFORD              3.9   14
DODGE       HORICON-WWTP            2.8   13
DODGE       JUNEAU-HAM              4.0   12
DANE        MORRISONVILLE           5.0   10
DANE        DE FOREST-HAM           5.1    9
DANE        SUN PRAIRIE-4 NNE       4.5   10
DANE        MIDDLETON               5.6    9
DANE        MADISON-AIRPORT         4.6    9
DANE        MADISON-CHARMANY FARM   5.7   11
DANE        MADISON-SOUTHWEST-HAM   4.6    9
DANE        MADISON-ARBORETUM       6.0    8
DANE        MAZOMANIE-WWTP          6.0    9
DANE        STOUGHTON-WWTP          3.0    9
DANE        COTTAGE GROVE           4.0    9
DANE        OREGON                  4.4    9
JEFFERSON   FORT ATKINSON-WWTP      2.3    6
JEFFERSON   SULLIVAN-3 SE-NWS       3.0    8
JEFFERSON   WATERTOWN-WWTP          2.4    8
JEFFERSON   ROME-HAM                3.0    8
JEFFERSON   WHITEWATER-WWTP         3.0    6
GREEN       BRODHEAD-WWTP           3.6    8
GREEN       MONROE-WWTP             5.5   10
ROCK        CLINTON-WWTP            3.2    7
ROCK        JANESVILLE-NE-HAM       4.0   11
ROCK        AFTON-WWTP              3.0    5
ROCK        BELOIT-COLLEGE          3.5    6
WASHINGTON  GERMANTOWN-WWTP         4.3   11
WASHINGTON  HARTFORD-2 W-WWTP       2.7   12
WASHINGTON  JACKSON                 4.0   14
WASHINGTON  RICHFIELD               2.4    9
WASHINGTON  WEST BEND-2 SW-HAM      3.5   12
WASHINGTON  WEST BEND-FIRE          2.9   10
OZAUKEE     WAUBEKA                 3.5    4
OZAUKEE     SAUKVILLE-2 N           5.0   13
OZAUKEE     PT. WASHINGTON-WWTP     4.8    9
OZAUKEE     CEDARBURG-LAKEFIELD     4.8   13
WAUKESHA    OCONOMOWOC-SOUTH        3.6    9
WAUKESHA    WAUKESHA-WWTP           3.0    7
WAUKESHA    WAUKESHA-4 S            3.1   13
WAUKESHA    NORTH PRAIRIE           3.0     
WAUKESHA    BIG BEND-3 NE           2.4    6
WAUKESHA    EAGLE-HAM               2.7    9
MILWAUKEE   MILWAUKEE-TIMMERMAN     3.0    6
MILWAUKEE   MILWAUKEE-MT MARY COLL  3.0    9
MILWAUKEE   HALES CORNERS-WHITNALL  2.4   10
MILWAUKEE   MILWAUKEE-2S-NEAR ARPRT 3.9   10
MILWAUKEE   MILWAUKEE-MITCHELL FLD  3.5   11
MILWAUKEE   WEST ALLIS              4.8   10
MILWAUKEE   CUDAHY                  5.9   16
WALWORTH    DELAVAN-HAM             2.5    5
WALWORTH    ELKHORN 6 NW-MILLARD    3.3    6
WALWORTH    GENOA CITY              2.8   12
RACINE      FRANKSVILLE             1.6   10
RACINE      WATERFORD-1 NW          2.4    8
RACINE      BURLINGTON-WWTP         3.0   11
RACINE      RACINE-LAKESHORE-WWTP   4.0   19
RACINE      RACINE-HAM              4.0   13
RACINE      UNION GROVE-WWTP        3.0   12
KENOSHA     TWIN LAKES-POLICE       3.4    7
KENOSHA     KENOSHA-WWTP(MID-MID)   3.3    9

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