It was almost deja vu all over again for us in North Central Wisconsin this past Sunday & Monday. A heavy snow producing storm piled up record amounts of snowfall over a two day period in parts of our area. Yes, I know folks across the Northwoods were spared the brunt of this storm, and in some cases most, if any snow at all, but Central Wisconsin once again got into the bullseye of highest snowfall totals.
To get things started, here are two maps of the 48 hour snowfall totals from the NWS Green Bay & NWS La Crosse.
Now to compare the numbers we have in the record book.
In Wausau, we picked up 8.7" on Feb 20th & 4.8" Feb 21st...Total snowfall 13.5"
-8.7" on Feb 20th set a new record for the day (previously 4.9" in 2004)
-The 13.5" storm total is the biggest for the month of February (previously 13" Feb 10-11, 1953)
-Also 13.5" ties for the 5th biggest snowstorm All-Time in Wausau with our snowstorm earlier this season on Dec 11-12, 2010.
In Stevens Point, 11" fell on Feb 20th & 4.8" Feb 21st....Total snowfall 15.8"
-11" on Feb 20th set a new record for the day (previously 7" in 2002)
-The 15.8" storm total is the biggest for the month of February (previously 14" Feb 22-23, 1922)
-15.8" also goes down as the 3rd biggest snowfall All-Time in Stevens Point (1st is 18" on Jan 21-22, 1917)
-In Wisconsin Rapids, 10" fell on Feb 20th & 2" Feb 21st...Total snowfall 12"
-12" on Feb 20th set a new record for the day (previously 6" in 2002)
And although the Twin Cities are outside of our viewing area, this storm also left it's mark in their record book as well.
-13.8" fell on Feb 20th-21st in Minneapolis, ranking as the biggest February snowstorm for them.
In the immediate suburbs of Minneapolis, Bloomington totaled 19.6" over the 2 day period.
So unlike the December 10-11th snowstorm/blizzard that impacted our area, this was not officially a blizzard. We didn't have sustained winds in the area above 35 mph or visibilities of 1/4 mile or less for 3 consecutive hours. The storm track with this storm in February was certainly a different one, as it got started plowing into Central California, before reorganizing over the eastern Rockies near Denver, then tracking east-northeast through Iowa and northern Illinois. Also in contrast to the storm earlier this winter, high pressure up to the north in Ontario, Canada helped to cut off the moisture in the northern tier of our area. This battle between the dry & moist air led to a sharp cut off in snowfall amounts across Langlade, Oneida and Price Counties, with folks in Vilas County seeing very little if any snow at all. Also as I noted on the 10pm newscast Sunday night, the snow associated with this storm stretched roughly 1,420 miles from the Dakotas all the way into eastern New York. So it had a wide reach across the northern part of the country, although not everyone set records in the total snowfall like we experienced in Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota.
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