It’s Impossible To Forget These 12 Horrific Winter Storms That Have Gone Down In Wisconsin History

Winter storms are certainly not news around these parts. We know that heavy snow and blizzard conditions are possible at pretty much any moment during our long winters and, to some extent, it doesn’t even really phase us all that much anymore. However, over the course of the history of our state, we’ve been hit by some pretty big, scary, and occasionally devastating storms. From snow to ice and high wind gusts, the conditions here during a winter storm can be pretty overwhelming. Based on state weather records, here are some of the biggest winter storms in Wisconsin over the past 150 years or so:

Do you remember any of these storms? Is there a big storm that you remember that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments! Want to read more about that 1976 ice storm? Check out A Massive Storm Blanketed Wisconsin In Ice In 1976 And It Will Never Be Forgotten.

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Winter Storms in Wisconsin

October 13, 2021

What is winter in Wisconsin like?  

Wisconsin is one of those states where you tolerate the brutal winters just to get to the nice, pleasant rest of the year. In fact, Wisconsin is ranked at the eighth-coldest state in the country! From December to about February, temperatures just don’t tend to get above freezing, even during the day. On winter nights, temperatures typically dip below freezing. Oh, and then there’s the whole “snow” thing. The southernmost area of the state tends to receive, on average, about 40 inches of snow per year, while the northernmost reaches get plenty more, totaling on average about 160 inches, especially during winters where lake-effect snow comes into play. Typically, winter in Wisconsin is freezing, windy, and pretty unpleasant – unless you’re like us, and you really, really love you a good winter. Interested in some of the best Wisconsin has to offer during its freezing cold winters? Take a look at this list of awesome places in Wisconsin you’ve got to see during winter.  

What kind of natural disasters occur in Wisconsin? 

Wisconsin is not a “disaster-prone” state by any means, though unfortunately, it does get some from time to time. The most common disaster in Wisconsin tends to be heavy snow, ice, and blizzard conditions. Other types of natural disasters here tend to be severe storms with large hail (and occasionally tornadoes), floods, and landslides. From 1953 to 2019, Wisconsin declared 50 large/major disasters, during which time the two most common were floods and severe storms. The southern part of the state is more prone to tornadoes and severe storms than the northern part is, and the northern part is much more prone to freezing, ice storms, and blizzard conditions. Overall, Wisconsin is not an unsafe place to live, per se, though some disaster preparedness can certainly go a long way! It’s best to be prepared for a disaster and never experience it than to be blindsided by it while utterly unready. Stay weather aware and your time spent in Wisconsin should be perfectly pleasant.