Snow Totals From Monday's Snow and Tuesday Morning Lows
A strong cold front passing through the region brought the first measurable snow of the 2013-2014 season to southern Wisconsin. It was also the first measured 1 inch of snow for the season at many locations.
The highest snow total in southern Wisconsin was the 1.2 inches at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport. Madison officially recorded 0.8 of an inch. The map below shows snowfall across the NWS MIlwaukee/Sullivan County Warning Area (CWA).
Climatologically, the average date for Madison to get the first measurable snowfall of 0.1 inch for the winter season is November 10th, and the first 1 inch of snow on November 25th. The average first measurable snow for Milwaukee is November 13th, and the average date for the first 1 inch of snow is December 2nd. These average dates are based on the official 30-year normals from 1981 to 2010 from the National Climate Data Center.
The majority of the accumulating snow on Monday fell across the southern half of the state, with lake-effect snow off of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. The highest snow total in the state was the 2.0 inches recorded at Manitowish Waters in Vilas County in the northern Wisconsin lake-effect snow belt. The map below shows 24-hour snow totals from across the state.
Arctic air spreading into the region with a broad high pressure area dropped low temperatures Tuesday morning into the teens across southern Wisconsin...with low 20s at locations near the relatively warmer waters of Lake Michigan.
The coldest low temperature in southern Wisconsin of 14 degrees was reported by cooperative observers located 4 miles north of Dodgeville in Iowa County, Darlington in Lafayette County, and 1 mile northwest of Slinger. Madison fell to 17 degrees, lows normally seen on December 11th and 12th, while Milwaukee recorded a low of 22 degrees, a reading not normally seen until December 8th through the 10th.The map below shows the Tuesday morning low temperatures from across southern Wisconsin.
It was cold everywhere across Wisconsin Tuesday morning, with low temperatures at some locales dropping into the single digits. Siren in Burnett County and Minong in Washburn County both tied for the coldest low of 5 degrees. The map below shows low temperatures statewide from Tuesday morning.