Looking Back at the May 10, 1990 Snowstorm in Eastern Wisconsin

It was 22 years ago on May 10, 1990, when Eastern Wisconsin experienced its latest snowstorm on record.  We're sure many residents still remember that storm which consisted of wet, heavy, snowflakes during the time that trees and other plants were in full leaf.  As a result, thousands of trees and tree branches came down under the weight of the heavy snow.  Many power-lines snapped as trees or tree branches came down.

Below is a rough plot of snow amounts along with a 6-inch contour line. Click on the image for a larger version.

May 10, 19990 snow plot

Below is a Storm Data event narrative for the spring snowstorm.  Click on the image for a larger version.  You can view Storm Data write-ups on both summer and winter events across the U.S. at this link.  Click on Storm Data.

May 10, 1990 Write-up 

Interestingly, on May 1-3, 1990, a spring snowstorm dumped 1 to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow over the mountains and high plains of southern Colorado.

Kapela/Wood, WFO Milwaukee, WI



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