Feb 26-27 Storm Wrap-Up (Updated 9 am 3/1)

Low pressure moved from the southern Plains to Missouri and Illinois Tuesday, February 26, then to far southern lower Michigan Tuesday night. The low then slowly moved eastward Wednesday, February 27, and Wednesday night. The low brought a large amount of moisture along with it, and brought moderate to heavy snowfall across southern Wisconsin. The snow spread northward into southern Wisconsin Tuesday afternoon and evening, lingering into Wednesday morning. Periods of light to moderate snow then continued Wednesday afternoon and evening, before weakening after midnight.

Below is a radar loop from around 11 am CST on Tuesday through 420 am CST early Wednesday morning.  Watch how the heavy snow spreads rapidly northward across southeast Wisconsin from noon through 5 pm CST and then focuses on the area north of Milwaukee from around Grafton and Port Washington to Sheboygan from around 6 pm CST through 2 am CST.  Snow, frequently heavy, lingered in this area resulting in total snowfall from 8 to 16 inches.

Also watch how the heavy snow spreads back into the Kenosha area around 930 pm CST and continues through around 2 am CST.  The Racine and Kenosha areas received between 11 and 14 inches of snowfall.

radar loop

Here are some of the heavier 2 day snowfall totals across southeast Wisconsin
Sheboygan Area Sheboygan County 14 to 17 inches
6NW Kenosha Kenosha 13.8
Racine Racine 13.5
Paddock Lake Kenosha 11.8
Belgium Ozaukee 13
Franklin Milwaukee 11.7
Grafton Ozaukee 11.3
Hales Corners Milwaukee 10.6
Saukville Ozaukee 10.5
Milwaukee International Milwaukee 10
Germantown Washington 9.1
Caledonia Racine 8.9
West Bend Washington 8.8
Elkhart Lake Sheboygan 8.7
Jackson Washington 8.2
Mt. Horeb Dane 8.0
Waukesha Waukesha 7.5
2E Holy Hill Washington 7.5
Dane County Regional Airport - Madison Dane 7.3
Merton - Lake Keesus Waukesha 7.1
Beaver Dam Dodge 7.0
Monroe Green 6.8
Evansville Rock 6.3
Taycheedah Fond du Lac 5.8

Here is a snowfall graphic depicting the total snowfall from 12 pm CST Tuesday through 7 am CST Thursday.  The heaviest snow fell Tuesday afternoon and night

snowfall 


February Snowfall

Southern Wisconsin has received a generous amount of snowfall during the month of February 2013. In fact, as of February 28th, Milwaukee and Madison both have February snowfall amounts that rank in the top ten snowiest February months. 

Milwaukee has had 25.8 inches through February 28, which is 16.0 inches above the normal amount of 9.8 inches. This places 2013 as the 10th snowiest February on record at Milwaukee.

Milwaukee:

 

Rank Snowfall Year
1 42.0" 1974
2 37.6" 1994
3 35.4" 1898
4 33.8" 1960
5 30.8" 1881
6 29.6" 2011
7 28.5" 2008
8 27.4" 1924
9 27.1" 1967
10 25.8" 2013

Madison has had 22.7 inches through February 28, which is 12.1 inches above the normal amount of 10.6 inches. This places 2013 as the 4th snowiest February on record at Madison.

Madison:

Rank Snowfall Year
1 36.0" 1994
2 29.6" 2008
3 23.8" 2011
4 22.7" 2013
5 22.0" 2007
6 21.9" 1898
7 20.9" 1975
8 20.0" 1887
9 17.9" 1936
10 16.1" 1962

 


Winter Snowfall

Meteorological winter (December, January and February) for 2012-13 at Madison also ranks in the top ten snowiest meteorological winters.

Madison has received 55.0 inches from December 1 through February 27, which is 18.0 inches above the normal amount of 37.0 inches. This places 2012-13 as the 9th snowiest meteorological winter on record at Madison.

Madison:

Rank Snowfall Years
1 86.3" 2007-08
2 65.8" 1897-98
3 64.7" 2010-11
4 62.3" 2008-09
5 61.0" 1993-94
6 58.2" 1978-79
7 57.7" 1909-10
8 55.5" 1987-88
9 55.0" 2012-13
10 51.2"

1985-86

In Milwaukee, the meteorological winter season total snowfall of 37.2 inches is only 2.1 inches above the normal snowfall of 35.1 inches.   

See our Winter Weather Summary Page for more information.


National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI

 



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