Epic Late Winter Weather

April 14, 2018 4 Comments

This is Wisconsin, but even by our standards, this late winter weather in 2018 is pretty amazing.

You probably all remember your parents and grandparents talking about all of the cold and snow from “way back in the day”. It is true that temps averaged a little colder 100 years ago, and there were some big storms from time-to-time, but we have our own records to talk about in the present day.

  • Back in the Winter of 2013-2014 there were 56 days with below zero low temperatures. That is the most that has ever occurred during any Winter in Wausau’s history.
  • During February of 2015 the temperature never rose up to freezing during the entire month. It is the only February in Wausau’s history when the temperature never rose above freezing.
  • In 2008 we had the 3rd highest annual snowfall on record  – 98.4 inches
  • In 1996 we had the 2nd highest annual snowfall on record – 99.2 inches

Now on to the current record-breaking weather.

  • Back in late December we had a couple of record cold days when the high temperature only rose up to -6 on the 26 and -3 on the 27th
  • We have broken a handful of records this April with a record cold high temperature of 24 on the 1st, records lows of 8, 7, and 4 on the 5th, 7th, and 8th, respectively, and a record snow of 9.3 inches on the 3rd
  • The 11.1 inches of snow that fell between the 2nd and 3rd, was the 3rd highest 2-day snowfall in April
December Snow from Laurel in Arpin

What records are yet to fall?

  • The coldest April ever in Wausau. The coldest April was in 1950 when the average temp for the month was 34.0. This record will likely be broken. Judging by our forecast through the 21st, it looks like high temps would have to average in the mid-60s through the last 9 days of the month in order for us to NOT break the record.
  • The snowiest April on record in Wausau. The old record is 25.5 inches, set in 1909. We picked up 6 to 8 inches last night and we could have another foot of snow through tonight and Sunday, so that record will most likely be broken. If it is not broken this weekend, then it could happen Wednesday night into Thursday morning, when a few more inches of snow are possible.
  • The daily record for snowfall on the 14th (today) is 9.0 inches. That could be broken with additional snow possible this evening.
  • The daily record for snowfall on the 15th (Sunday) is 9.2 inches. That record could be broken.
  • The greatest 2-day snowfall in Wausau in April is 12.1 inches (set in 1993). That record could fall this weekend.
  • The greatest 2-day snowstorm in any month was March 5th and 6th of 1959 when 22.1 inches of snow fell. This record is less likely, but not completely out of the question.
  • A brief check of the monthly records shows December of 2008 to be the snowiest month on record with 37.6 inches. This record might be within reach.
  • With the additional snow yet to come this weekend, our seasonal total will be around 80 inches, maybe a little more. With another snowstorm possible later Wednesday into Thursday morning, we will be within striking distance of the highest SEASONAL snowfall in Wausau’s history. “Seasonal” means from the first flake in the Fall until the last flake in the Spring. It is unlikely we will break the record, but just so you know, the record occurred in the Winter of 1908/1909 when 103. 8 inches fell.

Stay safe on the roads tonight and tomorrow. Don’t travel if you don’t have to.

Meteorologist Justin Loew

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  1. Barb Roeder says:

    Thanks for the information. I’m always interested in the stats of years ago. Whenever the records are on the weather I try to catch what they are. Sometimes you guys stand right in front of them. I even find myself telling you to get out of the way. Lol

  2. rod says:

    How do you determine snowfall measurements when the wind blows this hard ?

  3. Nancian Hall says:

    We appreciate your accurate detailing of the snow records in Wisconsin. My husband, Mark, and I searched for about half an hour on different sites looking for total snowfall records for this weekend. In our backyard, our picnic table is buried to the benches. I’d say we got 24 inches but there was a lot of blowing going on. Thank you for your wonderful accounts. I recall as a child growing up in Big Rapids, Michigan that there would usually be an annual ice storm. Schools would shut down like Wausau public and private are today. We’d skate all across town on the streets. I miss those days.

  4. Nancian Hall says:

    We are enjoying the record snowfall amounts. Thank you for your accurate records.

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