Average Date of 1" Snowfall
Meteorological Winter began yesterday and today is the date of Milwaukee’s average first inch of snow. We had some light snow last night as the cold front passed through and highs today will be in the 30s with sunshine so no snow.
Rain is now likely on Saturday with highs in the 40s, but light snow is possible Saturday night into Sunday morning with a dusting of accumulation. Last year we had our first greater than 1” snowfall on December 4th with almost 4”.
The average date for a 6” or greater snowfall in the Milwaukee and Madison area is December 28 while in Northern Wisconsin it is November 14th. Madison had its first 6” snowfall on Dec. 10 last year but Milwaukee didn’t see its first snowfall over 6” until the February 1st Blizzard. It was the only significant snowfall of the season for Milwaukee with most snowfalls measuring between 1-4”.
The earliest 6”+ snowfall for the Milwaukee area since 1980 was Nov. 8, 1985. The latest significant snowfall was March 4, 2003.
The winter of 2009-10 had two significant snowfalls in Milwaukee with 7.3” on January 7th and 8.1” on February 9th. The winter of 2008-09 also had two significant snowfalls over 6” with 11.4” on December 19th and 14.2” on March 2nd. The winter of 2007-08 was busy with 5 significant snowfalls with the latest on March 21 with 11.5”.