It (Finally) Snowed in Milwaukee

It wasn’t a white Christmas, but it will be a white New Year’s.

The calendar almost flipped to a new year before Milwaukee got its first significant snowfall of the season.

Chalk it up to another extreme scenario tied to 2020. This month has seen packed golf courses, unseasonably warm temperatures and even a thunderstorm, but no snow in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee area finally got pelted with a substantial amount of heavy snow overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, with reported totals reaching as much as nine inches in some areas.

Milwaukee had seen a measly 0.4 inches of snowfall this season until last night’s winter storm. Although some of the surrounding areas had picked up snow earlier this month, the white stuff stayed away from the city and its inner-ring suburbs.

A snow emergency has been declared in the city, meaning that parking is prohibited on through highways and bus routes from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. with alternate-side parking regulations in effect.

“This will allow us to clear the parking lanes. We’ve been addressing travel lanes since yesterday,” Milwaukee Department of Public Works spokesman Brian DeNeve said.

Garbage and recycling collections have befen suspended for Wednesday but are expected to resume on Thursday, DeNeve said. No collections will be made on Jan. 1 due to the holiday, but crews will be out on Saturday, he said.

Snow and ice control efforts began Monday morning with a citywide anti-icing operation that included the placement of brine on streets. Late Tuesday afternoon, crews shifted to general ice control with trucks deployed for salting and plowing, DeNeve said.

About 100 vehicles were in operation from Tuesday afternoon and into the early morning hours of Wednesday, he said. On Wednesday morning, more than 100 garbage trucks with mounted blades were put into operation in addition to the trucks that already had been deployed, he added.



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.