The Nearly Snowless Wisconsin Winter That Took Everyone By Surprise In 1968

Sometimes winter in Wisconsin is more like a hyperdrive for the snow and cold. We’ll have a mild November and December, but January and February more than make up for it as the snow doesn’t seem to stop and the state receives 75% of the snow it usually sees all season in just a matter of weeks.

It’s been so ridiculous that it’s hard to fathom the idea of a nearly snowless winter, but that actually happened in 1968. The state climatology office has kept records of total seasonal snowfall dating back to the winter of 1884-85. In that massive span, there have been just five years where the snow accumulated over the course of a full winter season has amounted to less than 20 inches. But the record came in 1968, when the office, located in Madison, measured just 12.7 inches of snow for the entire winter, from October to April. Milwaukee had just 12.1 inches of total snow that same winter. This event set Milwaukee snowfall records… for totally different reasons than usual.

Do you remember this mostly snowless winter in our history? We want to know about it in the comments! Did it still feel like winter in Wisconsin, or were you missing the snow? Would you trade this winter for that one? Do you have any all-time favorite winters in Wisconsin? If so, which years were they? Tell us about it!

The winter of 1967-68 was a fairly mild one for us, snow-wise, but were you around for the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940, one of the worst that’s ever happened here in Wisconsin? If so, tell us about it in the comments – we love hearing your stories.

If you can’t get enough of winter in our little state, here are ten of the best places to visit in Wisconsin in the winter.

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Milwaukee Snowfall Records

December 01, 2022
  1. What are some remarkable Milwaukee snowfall records?  

Milwaukee is no stranger to snow. There have been a handful of snowfall records set in Milwaukee over the years, like:  

  • 2008: 106.6 inches of cumulative snowfall 
  • 1960: Greatest one-day snowfall of 16.7 inches in Milwaukee 


2. How much does it snow in Wisconsin?  

As we said above – Wisconsin is no stranger to snow. It’s a pretty frigid place in the winter, but as long as you bundle up, you should be alright. Snowfall averages in Wisconsin vary from region to region, with the northernmost reaches naturally receiving the most snowfall. In central and northeast Wisconsin, one can expect about 40-50 inches of snow annually, while areas in the so-called “snow belt” will receive up to 125 inches, which is well above the national average (28 inches).  

3. What is winter in Wisconsin like?  

That being said, winter in Wisconsin isn’t all bad, as long as you know how to enjoy it. It’s a festive time with plenty of fun things to do, such as: