Milwaukee & Madison Snowfall Records - 24-hr, 48-hr, 72-hr (Updated Thu 715 pm)

Below are some snowfall records for both Milwaukee and Madison for various periods of time...so you can compare the 2011 Groundhog Blizzard to other memorable storms.

For City of Milwaukee, 1881 - present, various official sites within city, any 24-hour period

1.     20.3"     02/04-05/1924

2.     17.9"     3/3/1881

3.     16.7"     02/10/1960 and 01/6-7/1918

5.     16.0"     01/12/1908 and 02/1-2/2011         2011 Groundhog Day blizzard ties for 5th place.

 For City of Milwaukee, 1881 - present, various official sites within city, any 48-hour period

1.     25.5"     03/03-04/1881 

2.     23.4"     02/19-20/1898

3.     20.4"     02/04-05/1924

4.     20.1"     02/05-06/1974

5.     19.6"     01/31-02/02/2011       2011 Groundhog Day blizzard ranks 5th.

*For those questioning how the Blizzard of 1947 ranks, the snowfall was recorded over a 2-day period and was 16.4 inches deep.  Expanding the above list to include the top 20 records, the Blizzard of 1947 ranks in 11th place.

 For City of Milwaukee, 1881 - present, various official sites within city, 72-hour period - calendar day only

(date indicated below is last day of 3-day period)

1.     27.4    3/ 5/1881
2.     26.6    3/ 4/1881
3.     26.0    2/21/1898
4.     23.6    2/ 6/1974
5.     23.4    2/20/1898
6.     22.0    2/ 6/1924
7.     20.9    1/25/1898
8.     20.4    2/ 5/1924
9.     20.1    2/ 7/1974
10.   19.8    2/ 2/2011                2011 Groundhog Day blizzard ranks 10th.

 


 

 

For City of Madison, 1881 - present, various official sites within city, 24-hour period - calendar day only

  1.    17.3   12/ 3/1990
  2.    13.2   12/15/1987
  3.    12.9    4/ 9/1973
  4.    12.7   12/10/1970
  5.    12.6   1/26/1996,  1/19/1995
  7.    12.1   12/ 1/1985,  1/13/1910
  9.    12.0    3/18/1971
10.    11.9    2/ 6/2008

For City of Madison, 1881 - present, various official sites within city, 48-hour period - calendar day only

  (date indicated below is last day of 2-day period)

  1.   17.3   12/ 3/1990
  2.   16.1   12/11/1970
  3.   15.4    2/23/1994
  4.   14.5    3/19/1971
  5.   14.3    2/ 2/2011       2011 Groundhog Day blizzard ranks 5th.
  6.   14.2    1/26/1996
  7.   14.1   12/ 9/2009
  8.   14.0    4/ 9/1973
  9.   13.7   12/20/2008, 4/10/1973

For City of Madison, 1881 - present, various official sites within city, 72-hour period - calendar day only

 (date indicated below is last day of 3-day period)

  1.   19.0    2/25/1994

  2.   18.7    2/ 2/2011      2011 Groundhog Day blizzard ranks 2nd.        

  3.   18.0    1/25/1898

  4.   17.3    12/3/1990

  5.   17.1    12/12/1970           

                                                                                                                                                                       

  


 

 



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