Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Winter Storm
State WISCONSIN
County/Area OZAUKEE
WFO MKX
Report Source COOP Observer
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-03-02 14:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2012-03-02 22:23:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative Deepening surface low pressure produced a swath of heavy, wet snow along with gusty northerly winds over much of southcentral and southeast Wisconsin during the afternoon and evening of March 2nd. The low deepened rapidly in response to a vigorous upper-level short-wave that crossed the western Great Lakes region. The surface low tracked from Missouri, across northern Illinois, to Lower Michigan during the afternoon and evening hours. A warm vertical temperature profile allowed the precipitation to begin as rain in far Southeast Wisconsin...with snow elsewhere across the southern portion of the state. The rain quickly changed over to snow late in the afternoon...with instability aloft sufficient to produce elevated convection and thunder-snow over southeast Wisconsin. Snowfall rates between 1.5 and 2 inches per hour were common at the height of the event during the evening rush hour. Snowfall totals were between 5 and 7 inches...with a few 8 and 9 inch reports in western Sheboygan County. The tight pressure gradient around the deep surface low produced gusty northeast to north winds up to 40 mph (35 knots) which occasionally reduced visibilities to near zero in the heavy snow. The heavy, wet snow collected on power lines and tree limbs, causing some to snap. At one point, We Energies utility estimated 15,000 customers lost electrical power in southeastern Wisconsin. There were numerous vehicle crashes and spin-outs during this event. A few minor injuries were reported, including a school bus crash in Walworth County that sent a high-school student to the hospital with a head injury.
Event Narrative Snowfall totaled 7.5 inches one mile northwest of Belgium with wind gusts up to 40 mph (35 knots).


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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 03/02/2012 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREEN (ZONE) GREEN (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COLUMBIA (ZONE) COLUMBIA (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROCK (ZONE) ROCK (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DANE (ZONE) DANE (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 12:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OZAUKEE (ZONE) OZAUKEE (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILWAUKEE (ZONE) MILWAUKEE (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RACINE (ZONE) RACINE (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHEBOYGAN (ZONE) SHEBOYGAN (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOND DU LAC (ZONE) FOND DU LAC (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENOSHA (ZONE) KENOSHA (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON (ZONE) JEFFERSON (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DODGE (ZONE) DODGE (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALWORTH (ZONE) WALWORTH (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON (ZONE) JEFFERSON (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASHINGTON (ZONE) WASHINGTON (ZONE) WI 03/02/2012 14:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K