Christmas Storm Totals

For those of you keeping score at home, I ended up with 9″ of new snow with .32″ of water content over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Here’s a break down of the snow.

  • .75″ during the afternoon of the 24th
  • .25″ Christmas morning
  • 8″ in three hours on Christmas night
    • Light lake effect snow began around 5:30pm. There wasn’t any accumulation with this snow, it just helped to drop the temps below freezing.
    • LES began in earnest at 8:05pm as a large band moved in from the north.
    • 2.3″ fell between 8:05 and 9:05
    • 3.7″ between 9:05 and 10:05
    • 2″ between 10:05 and 11:05
  • Snow tapered off quickly between 11:05 and 11:15 with no more accumulation.
  • Snow ended by 11:30  

It was a pretty wild three hours. The heavy snow would come in waves that lasted about 20-30 minutes with periods of light snow in between. This was some of the heaviest snowfall I’ve seen since moving to Wisconsin.

It was enjoyable sending in reports to the NWS, Spotter Network and ALAC Weather Service to help them know what was happening here. In fact, the reports I sent in the NWS, along with a spotter in Racine, led them to issue a Lake Effect Snow Warning during this time. Felt good to know that my information was helping in this way.