Milwaukee Snowstorm Looms – D.C. Final Snow Totals

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The #1 question I was asked on Saturday was…how much snow can we expect this week.  In the last blog entry I mentioned a couple of complex features surrounding this storm.  First is the two areas of low pressure that will try to phase into one main storm.  As this happens, cold air will wrap into the system and our winds will blog off Lake Michigan from later Tuesday right into early Wednesday.  So lake enhancement and plain old lake effect snow will likely occur with this storm.

Those two factors made me hold off on putting down concrete forecast snow amounts on Saturday.  The picture is beginning to become a little more clear for this storm.  It is still over 48 hours away at the time of this writing, and many variables are still up in the air.  But it does look like areas closer to Lake Michigan will see the higher snow amounts, and some of those spots could see 6″+ of snow.  The last time we had a storm of this ‘potential’ was back on January 7 when over 7″ of snow fell in Milwaukee.

The very latest data just rolled in to our forecast center.  This is a snow forecast from ONE model…and this is still missing some of the possible lake effect snow since the data ends Tuesday at 6pm.  I think the lake effect could add another 2-4″+ in spots.

Speaking of big time snows…the storm that hit Washington D.C. this weekend broke several records and place the storm in the top 3 in many categories.  Here is a breakdown of snow amounts:

THE 32.4 INCH TWO-DAY STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL RECORDED TODAY AT DULLES
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXCEEDS THE PREVIOUS TWO-DAY STORM RECORD OF
23.2 INCHES ON 7-8 JANUARY 1996.

THE 24.8 INCH TWO-DAY STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL ESTIMATED TODAY AT
BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL THURGOOD MARSHALL AIRPORT EXCEEDS
THE PREVIOUS TWO-DAY STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL RECORD OF 24.4 INCHES FOR
BWI AIRPORT FROM 16-17 FEBRUARY 2003.  THIS WOULD ALSO BE THE 2ND
HIGHEST TWO-DAY STORM TOTAL ALL-TIME SNOWFALL FOR BALTIMORE RECORDS
WHICH DATE BACK TO 1871…BEING SECOND ONLY TO THE 26.3 INCHES WHICH
FELL 27-28 JANUARY 1922.

THE 17.8 INCH TWO-DAY STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL RECORDED TODAY AT RONALD
REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT IS THE SECOND HIGHEST TWO-DAY
STORM TOTAL RECORD…SECOND ONLY TO THE 18.7 INCHES FOR NATIONAL
AIRPORT FROM 18-19 FEBRUARY 1979.  THIS WOULD ALSO BE THE 4TH
HIGHEST TWO-DAY STORM TOTAL ALL-TIME SNOWFALL FOR WASHINGTON RECORDS
WHICH DATE BACK TO 1871…BEHIND ONLY THE 27-28 JANUARY 1922
KNICKERBOCKER STORM WITH 26.0 INCHES…THE 12-13 FEBRUARY 1899 STORM
WHICH PRODUCED 19.0 INCHES…AND THE 18.7 INCHES WHICH FELL 18-19
FEBRUARY 1979.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and make sure to check back later for a blog update from Mark Baden.  The very latest information can always be seen on WISN 12 News.  It may be tough to pull your eyes off the Super Bowl on Sunday, but try to catch Mark’s forecast around 5:45pm, and then our hour-long 10pm news. 

If you have any questions or thoughts on this storm make sure to post them in our comments section of the blog. 

Jeremy Nelson

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9 Responses

  1. You guys really do a fantastic job on the blog… Kudos to you guys (Jeremy and Mark especially) for keeping us updated! I love to see the blog posts you guys put up. Keep it up!

    • Dan,

      Pass the word about the blog. I’m just getting some behind the scenes people at the station to read it. And of course…they love it:)

      Jeremy

      • Will do that!!

  2. Great job on the blogs at your new gig, Jeremy. We miss you hear in KC!!

    Looking forward to another good snowfall Sun/Mon, we had 7 inches at my house in OP from the last one and it was such a pretty heavy snow that stuck to all the trees.

    Maybe you WERE keeping all the good snow away from here after all. Ha! Ha!

    • You guys got hit again the other day! Looks like Milwaukee won’t miss the snow early this week. Thank you for stopping by!

      Jeremy

  3. Snowstorms in the early part of each month and rain storms during the later part of each month. If this is what the LRC has set up for us then we should only have one more to go on about March 7th. I say this hoping when this storm comes back in early April it will be warm enough by then for all rain regardless of storm track.

    • You may be correct, but I’ll look at the March pattern once we get back Feb. 20. I still think our wettest storm in February arrives around 23-25ish. That has been a very wet storm for us the past 2 times in the cycle.

      Jeremy

  4. As of 2:25 p.m. – Sturtevant, WI has a total of 6″ of snow.

    • Janice…we’ll add that to our totals!

      Jeremy

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