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

This winter in Wisconsin it’s been like hyperdrive for the snow and cold. We had a mild November and December, but January and February have more than made up for it as the snow doesn’t seem to stop and the state is receiving 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’s 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.

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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 or were you missing the snow? Would you trade this winter for that one?

The winter of 1967-68 was a fairly mild one, snow-wise, but were you around for the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940, one of the worst that’s ever happened here in Wisconsin?