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Below are some New Year's Eve weather statistics for La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN.

La Crosse, WI:

The following statistics comprises 149 years of data. From 1873 through 1950, the data came from various locations in downtown La Crosse. Since 1950, the data has been gathered at La Crosse Regional Airport.

New Year's Eve in La Crosse, WI
(Period of Record 1873-2020)
1981-2010 Normals
Records
Maximum Temperature
26°F
Warmest High Temperature
59°F
December 31, 1965
Coldest High Temperature
-9°F
December 31, 1968
Minimum Temperature
10°F
 
Warmest Low Temperature
39°F
December 31, 1949
Coldest Low Temperature
-20°F
December 31, 1976
Average Temperature
18°F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
44.5°F
December 31, 1875
Coldest Average Temperature
-12.0°F
December 31, 1898
Precipitation
0.03"
Wettest
0.59"
December 31, 2006
Snowfall
0.3"
Snowiest
6.2"
December 31, 1911
Snow Depth at 7 AM
4"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
20"
December 31, 1968


The odds of having any precipitation at all on New Year's Eve is 54.4% (81 out of 149).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 43 New Year's Eves (28.9%) and trace amounts (less than 0.01") of precipitation on 38 New Year's Eves (25.5%).  Precipitation has fallen on 9 of the last 11 New Year's Eves.  While that has been the case, the precipitation has been on the light side with precipitation totals ranging from just a trace to 0.08 inches (2018).

It has snowed on 64 out of 124 (51.2%) New Years Eve's.  Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has fallen on 27 New Year's Eves (21.6%) and trace amounts on 37 New Years Eves (29.6%).  Light snow (a dusting to 0.9") has fallen on 5 out of last 6 New Year's Eves.  This has not occurred since the early to mid-1980s (1980 to 1985) when it snowed on 6 consecutive New Year's Eves (anywhere from a trace to 2.5").

Since 1893, residents have woken up with measurable snow (1/2" or greater) on the ground 89 times (70.1%), and no snow and trace amounts 19 times (15%).

In 2020, the high temperature was 24°F and the low temperature was 19°F.  No precipitation fell and there was 5" of snow on the ground at 6 AM and the average wind speed was 7.3 mph.

Rochester, MN:

The following statistics comprises 108 years of data. From 1887 through 1931, the data came from several cooperative observers in the Rochester area. Since 1932, the data has been gathered at Rochester International Airport. No data was taken on New Year's Eve from 1890, 1891, 1908, 1909, from 1921 to 1928.

New Year's Eve in Rochester, MN
(Period of Record 1887-2020)
1981-2010 Normals
Records
Maximum Temperature
24°F
Warmest High Temperature
49°F
December 31, 1965
Coldest High Temperature
-12°F
December 31, 1968
Minimum Temperature
9°F
 
Warmest Low Temperature
32°F
December 31, 1949
Coldest Low Temperature
-28°F
December 31, 1946
Average Temperature
16°F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
37.0°F
December 31, 2006
Coldest Average Temperature
-16.5°F
December 31, 1968
Precipitation
0.03"
Wettest
0.75"
December 31, 1911
Snowfall
0.4"
Snowiest
7.8
December 31, 1911
Snow Depth at 7 AM
5"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
19"
December 31, 2010
December 31, 2000
December 31, 1968


The odds of having any precipitation at all on New Year's Eve is 56.5% (61 out of 108).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 25 New Years Eves (23.1%) and trace amounts (less than 0.01") of precipitation on 36 New Years Eves (33.3%).  Precipitation has fallen on 9 of the last 11 New Years Eves.  While that has been the case, the precipitation has been on the light side with precipitation totals ranging from just a trace to 0.08 inches (2011).

It has snowed on 55 out of 105 (52.4%) New Years Eve's.  Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has fallen on 18 New Year's Eves (17.1%) and a trace of snow has fallen on 37 New Years Eves (35.2%).  Snowfall has fallen on 9 of the last 11 New Year's Eves.  While that has been the case, the snowfall has been on the light side with snow totals ranging from just a dusting (7 times) to 1.3 inches (2013).

Since 1893, residents have woken up with measurable snow (1/2" or greater) on the ground 64 times (75.3%), no snow 8 times (9.4%), and trace amounts (less than a 1/2") 13 times (15.3%).

In 2020, the high temperature was 21°F and the low temperature was 15°F. There was no precipitation. There was 2" of snow on the ground at 6 AM and the average wind speed was 11.1 mph.


The following weather events happened on New Year's Eve:

  • In 1911, La Crosse, WI received 8" of snow.
  • in 1923, snow began at La Crosse, WI during the afternoon of the 29th and continued to the 3 PM on the 31st. Some snow totals include: La Crosse (13", storm total), New Hampton, IA (6"), Viroqua, WI (6").
  • In 1948, Lake City, MN received 7" of snow.
  • In 1977, Rochester, MN received 7.3" of snow.
  • In 1982, Lake City, MN received 7" of snow.
  • In 2000, 3" of snow fell in Austin, MN increasing their snow depth to 32" on the ground. This is their greatest snow depth ever recorded.
  • In 2017, the temperature failed to rise above zero at Rochester, MN.  The high temperature was -8°F which was tied with 1973 for the 2nd coldest high on New Year's Eve.
  • In 2018, a 2 to 4" snow band fell across Allamakee County in northeast Iowa and 3 to 8 inches from Crawford and Vernon counties in southwest Wisconsin east northeast to the Green Bay area.  The highest snow totals in the local area were near La Farge, WI (7.8" in Monroe County) and Mauston (7.9" - Juneau County).  Much of this snow fell during the afternoon and early evening.  This precipitation started out as a brief wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet during the late morning.  A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect from 6 AM to midnight.

    December 31, 2018 Snowfall