Although it’s technically spring, when you live in Wisconsin, a blizzard in April isn’t unheard of.
Wisconsinites saw unprecedented snowstorms sweep across the state this weekend. A wintry combination of snow, sleet, wind and freezing rain, severe thunderstorms, 45-50 mph wind gusts and heavy snow snuck up on many over the past few days. By Monday morning in Milwaukee, a 4-inch blanket of snow covered the ground, with light flurries continuing throughout the day and another period of snow possible Wednesday.
Southern Wisconsin wasn’t the worst of it. The slow-moving storm brought record-breaking snowfall to several cities in the state, according to Marc Kavinsky, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sullivan.
“It [the snowfall] has never been seen before,” Kavinsky said. Green Bay and Wausau saw a historic two feet of snow accumulate over the weekend. For Green Bay, the blizzard was the second largest in the city’s history behind a storm that dumped 29 inches of snow 130 years ago. The storm also smashed the previous April record of 11 inches in 1977.
The combination of heavy snow and strong winds caused power outages near Green Bay and some roofs to collapse, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. The dangerous weather also triggered poor driving conditions. Even in Milwaukee, drivers were cautioned on the roads.
Milwaukee may have escaped some serious damage this time around, but the city isn’t a stranger to heavy snow this late in the game. The April record is a whopping 15.8 inches set in 1973. On average, Milwaukee only experiences a tenth of an inch during this month.
The brief sunny skies we saw last week were a nice taste of spring, but the next few days will only offer temperatures hovering in the mid and high 30s and there’s also a chance of rain.