Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Blizzard
State WISCONSIN
County/Area COLUMBIA
WFO MKX
Report Source COOP Observer
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2010-12-11 12:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2010-12-12 11:20:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative An upper-level trough deepened over the central Plains, developing a deep area of surface low pressure that tracked from Iowa across Illinois. The system produced heavy snow across all of Wisconsin, with portions of the south initially seeing rain, limiting snow amounts there. Gusty winds of 40 to 60 mph accompanied the heavy snow, producing blizzard conditions over most of southern Wisconsin from the afternoon of December 11th into the afternoon of December 12th. Snowfall totals ranged from 6 inches to 12 inches along and north of a Mineral Point to Port Washington line. A state of emergency was declared for all 72 counties by Governor James Doyle. The driving conditions were dire enough for the state Department of Transportation and the State patrol to issue a travel advisory recommending no travel on any Wisconsin highways from the evening of the 11th through the day on the 12th. Interestate-43 was reduced to one lane in each direction at times, with Interstate-94 closed for 3 1/2 hours due to a multi-car accident. The blinding wind-driven snow caused many authorities to pull their snowplows from the roads until conditions improved. The near-whiteout conditions on Sunday caused many churches to cancel services. Many tree limbs and power lines were brought down by the combination of strong winds and heavy snow. WE Energies reported as many as 20,000 customers were without power during the time period from Saturday night the 11th through Sunday evening the 12th, including 6,000 in Dodge,Washington and Ozaukee counties with more than 100 crews out in the field. Alliant Energy reported 5,800 customers without power in Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan counties early Sunday the 12th.
Event Narrative Heavy snowfall between 10 and 13 inches was accompanied by wind gusts up to 50 mph, producing low visibilities of 1/4 mile or less as well as blowing and drifting snow. Law enforcement officials reported many cars stuck in the drifts, with county and town roads blown over with snow.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREEN LAKE (ZONE) GREEN LAKE (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SAUK (ZONE) SAUK (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARQUETTE (ZONE) MARQUETTE (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COLUMBIA (ZONE) COLUMBIA (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 12:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASHINGTON (ZONE) WASHINGTON (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
IOWA (ZONE) IOWA (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAFAYETTE (ZONE) LAFAYETTE (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DANE (ZONE) DANE (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OZAUKEE (ZONE) OZAUKEE (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DODGE (ZONE) DODGE (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREEN (ZONE) GREEN (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHEBOYGAN (ZONE) SHEBOYGAN (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOND DU LAC (ZONE) FOND DU LAC (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 16:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALWORTH (ZONE) WALWORTH (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON (ZONE) JEFFERSON (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WAUKESHA (ZONE) WAUKESHA (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROCK (ZONE) ROCK (ZONE) WI 12/11/2010 21:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K