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Event Winter Storm
State WISCONSIN
County/Area OZAUKEE
WFO MKX
Begin Date 01/29/2008 15:00:00 CST-6
End Date 01/30/2008 04:00:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A powerful winter storm raked south-central and southeast Wisconsin during the afternoon hours of January 29th into the pre-dawn hours of January 30th. The precipitation started off as rain and thunderstorms but then changed to freezing rain and sleet which then changed to snow and blowing snow with plunging temperatures. Peak sustained northwest winds were on the order of 26 to 33 knots (30 to 38 mph) with peak gusts of 39 to 49 knots (45 to 56 mph). There was one isolated peak gust of 54 knots (62 mph) at a Wisconsin DOT site on Interstate 94 west of the City of Racine. Visibilities were occasionally reduced to 1/4 to 1/2 mile in open areas. Dozens of vehicle accidents and slide-offs were noted by the media due to very slippery roads. Afternoon temperatures in the mid 30s to lower 40s quickly dropped through the 20s into the teens and then into the single digits by the evening hours, and eventually down to the -4F to -8F by the pre-dawn hours of the 30th. Although new snow amounts were only 1 to 3 inches, County Emergency Management Directors noted that this event was perceived as a winter storm due to the combination of thunderstorms, freezing rain, sleet, snow, blowing snow, strong winds, poor visibilities, and fast-falling temperatures. Synoptically, a strong low pressure moved northeast through Minnesota while a strong cold front swept southeast through Wisconsin. Another low pressure developed along the cold front while it was over northern Illinois, which led to a tightening pressure gradient and stronger winds over southern Wisconsin.
Event Narrative


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
WAUKESHA (ZONE) WAUKESHA (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALWORTH (ZONE) WALWORTH (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RACINE (ZONE) RACINE (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHEBOYGAN (ZONE) SHEBOYGAN (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENOSHA (ZONE) KENOSHA (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MILWAUKEE (ZONE) MILWAUKEE (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OZAUKEE (ZONE) OZAUKEE (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARQUETTE (ZONE) MARQUETTE (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASHINGTON (ZONE) WASHINGTON (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DODGE (ZONE) DODGE (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FOND DU LAC (ZONE) FOND DU LAC (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON (ZONE) JEFFERSON (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREEN LAKE (ZONE) GREEN LAKE (ZONE) WI 01/29/2008 15:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K