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Accumulating Snow Late Tonight Into Wednesday

A quick moving clipper system will bring an accumulating snow to the area late tonight into Wednesday. If you will be traveling on Wednesday, plan ahead for hazardous road conditions and allow extra travel time. Read More >

Overview

A strong area of low pressure moved across the Midwest and produced a large area of thunderstorms and heavy rain in central and northeast Wisconsin beginning late at night on March 15, 2016.

The heavy rain resulted in rapid river rises, especially across the central part of the state.

Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches were widespread across the region, with amounts around 3 inches in Marathon, Portage, Wood, and Waushara counties.

As the storm system slowly moved away from the area, strong west winds gusting over 40 mph spread across the state, uprooting some trees in the saturated soil.

Image
Flooding near Lena, WI. Photo by Rachel Rugg.

Flooding

The Wisconsin River quickly rose as the heavy rain fell. The ground was saturated due to snow melt earlier in the month, leading to rapid runoff as the heavy rain arrived.

       
       
 

Radar:

Radar animation from 7:30 pm March 15 to 10:00 am March 16.

 

Rain Reports

Rainfall map

The heaviest rain fell in the 24 hour period rainfall ending 8 AM March 16:

LOCATION                     AMOUNT    TIME/DATE       LAT/LON

...BROWN COUNTY...
DE PERE                      1.15 IN   1050 AM 03/16   44.44N/88.05W
GREEN BAY 1 SSW              1.15 IN   1054 AM 03/16   44.49N/88.01W
SUAMICO 4.4 WNW              1.15 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.66N/88.12W
GREENLEAF 4 NNE              1.07 IN   1052 AM 03/16   44.37N/88.07W
GREEN BAY AIRPORT            1.06 IN   0653 AM 03/16   44.50N/88.11W
NWS GREEN BAY                1.03 IN   0600 AM 03/16   44.50N/88.11W
GREEN BAY 3.8 SSE            0.86 IN   0500 AM 03/16   44.47N/87.97W
DENMARK WWTP                 0.81 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.35N/87.81W
NEW FRANKEN 5.3 NNE          0.79 IN   0720 AM 03/16   44.61N/87.81W

...CALUMET COUNTY...
CHILTON                      1.07 IN   0730 AM 03/16   44.03N/88.15W
BRILLION                     1.05 IN   0630 AM 03/16   44.18N/88.07W
CHILTON 0.6 NNW              0.94 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.04N/88.17W
MENASHA 5.4 ESE              0.93 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.20N/88.33W
BRILLION 4.9 S               0.92 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.11N/88.05W
NEW HOLSTEIN - EAST - WWTP   0.90 IN   0800 AM 03/16   43.95N/88.08W

...DOOR COUNTY...
BRUSSELS 3 N                 1.03 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.78N/87.62W
CARLSVILLE 2 NW              0.95 IN   0545 AM 03/16   44.97N/87.36W
FISH CREEK 1 E WWTP          0.85 IN   0730 AM 03/16   45.12N/87.23W
BAILEYS HARBOR 4.5 SSW       0.82 IN   0658 AM 03/16   45.01N/87.17W
STURGEON BAY EXP FARM        0.77 IN   0730 AM 03/16   44.87N/87.33W
POTAWATOMI STATE PARK 5 ESE  0.69 IN   1048 AM 03/16   44.83N/87.34W
EPHRAIM-5SE-NORTH BAY        0.65 IN   0630 AM 03/16   45.13N/87.07W
SISTER BAY 1.3 NNE           0.65 IN   0800 AM 03/16   45.20N/87.11W
FORESTVILLE 4 E              0.51 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.70N/87.40W
POTAWATOMI STATE PARK 2 SSE  0.51 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.84N/87.42W

...FLORENCE COUNTY...
FLORENCE 5.6 ESE             0.51 IN   0700 AM 03/16   45.89N/88.14W
FLORENCE 0.7 ESE             0.49 IN   0610 AM 03/16   45.92N/88.24W
AURORA 4 W                   0.48 IN   0700 AM 03/16   45.79N/88.18W

...FOREST COUNTY...
CRANDON                      1.25 IN   0600 AM 03/16   45.55N/88.90W
WABENO 2 NNW                 1.20 IN   1001 AM 03/16   45.46N/88.68W
ARGONNE 1.5 NW               1.09 IN   0717 AM 03/16   45.67N/88.90W
ALVIN-3NW                    1.00 IN   0700 AM 03/16   46.03N/88.84W
ALVIN 4 NW                   0.82 IN   0700 AM 03/16   46.02N/88.88W

...KEWAUNEE COUNTY...
KEWAUNEE                     0.51 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.46N/87.50W
KEWAUNEE-SOUTHWEST           0.44 IN   0500 AM 03/16   44.45N/87.51W

...LANGLADE COUNTY...
ANTIGO 2 ENE                 2.09 IN   1005 AM 03/16   45.16N/89.11W
ANTIGO 2 S                   1.97 IN   0700 AM 03/16   45.09N/89.17W
SUMMIT LAKE                  1.84 IN   0645 AM 03/16   45.38N/89.19W
WHITE LAKE 1 SE              1.54 IN   0800 AM 03/16   45.15N/88.74W
ANTIGO AIRPORT               1.24 IN   0655 AM 03/16   45.15N/89.11W

...LINCOLN COUNTY...
SPIRIT DAM                   2.55 IN   0800 AM 03/16   45.48N/89.95W
TOMAHAWK 3 W                 2.39 IN   1010 AM 03/16   45.47N/89.80W
MERRILL                      2.18 IN   0800 AM 03/16   45.18N/89.66W
MERRILL 8 W                  2.00 IN   0600 AM 03/16   45.18N/89.85W
MERRILL 7 W                  2.00 IN   0600 AM 03/16   45.18N/89.85W
RICE RESERVOIR NO. 2         1.89 IN   0700 AM 03/16   45.54N/89.73W
PRAIRIE RIVER                1.71 IN   0730 AM 03/16   45.24N/89.65W

...MANITOWOC COUNTY...
WAYSIDE 1 SW                 1.09 IN   1053 AM 03/16   44.23N/87.96W
BRILLION 2.8 SE              1.04 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.14N/88.04W
ST. NAZIANZ-2 W              0.62 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.00N/87.96W
TWO RIVERS 4.5 WNW           0.55 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.17N/87.67W
MANITOWOC AIRPORT            0.51 IN   0656 AM 03/16   44.13N/87.68W
SHOTO 3 SW                   0.49 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.12N/87.69W
TWO RIVERS 1.4 N             0.44 IN   0502 AM 03/16   44.18N/87.58W
ELKHART LAKE 6.8 NE          0.42 IN   0542 AM 03/16   43.90N/87.91W
TWO RIVERS                   0.37 IN   0725 AM 03/16   44.14N/87.57W
FRANCIS CREEK                0.34 IN   0630 AM 03/16   44.20N/87.72W

...MARATHON COUNTY...
EVERGREEN 2 WNW              2.86 IN   1050 AM 03/16   44.86N/89.68W
WAUSAU 1 ESE                 2.67 IN   1031 AM 03/16   44.95N/89.61W
DANCY 1 NE                   2.40 IN   0600 AM 03/16   44.70N/89.70W
MOON 6 SW                    2.40 IN   1005 AM 03/16   44.70N/89.87W
EAU PLEINE TENDER            2.37 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.77N/89.77W
EVERGREEN 1 E                2.31 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.84N/89.60W
SCHOFIELD 3.3 E              2.28 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.92N/89.54W
WAUSAU AIRPORT               2.21 IN   0654 AM 03/16   44.93N/89.63W
WAUSAU-NORTHEAST             2.21 IN   0555 AM 03/16   44.97N/89.62W
SPENCER - WWTP               2.20 IN   0730 AM 03/16   44.75N/90.29W
WAUSAU 1.7 ENE               2.20 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.97N/89.61W
STRATFORD 1NW                2.18 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.82N/90.09W

...MARINETTE COUNTY...
ATHELSTANE 2 SW              1.74 IN   1050 AM 03/16   45.40N/88.12W
CRIVITZ HIGH FALLS           1.36 IN   0600 AM 03/16   45.36N/88.19W
WAUSAUKEE 2 NW               1.27 IN   1005 AM 03/16   45.39N/87.97W
ATHELSTANE                   1.25 IN   0600 AM 03/16   45.42N/88.06W
WAUSAUKEE                    1.11 IN   0800 AM 03/16   45.38N/87.96W
MARINETTE - WPS              1.10 IN   0636 AM 03/16   45.24N/88.01W
PESHTIGO                     1.05 IN   0730 AM 03/16   45.03N/87.74W
AMBERG 9 E                   0.80 IN   0630 AM 03/16   45.48N/87.81W
WPS                          0.65 IN   0700 AM 03/16   45.10N/87.63W
MARINETTE                    0.55 IN   0730 AM 03/16   45.10N/87.62W

...MENOMINEE COUNTY...
KESHENA                      2.34 IN   0730 AM 03/16   44.89N/88.66W
KESHENA 2 WNW                2.17 IN   1005 AM 03/16   44.89N/88.66W

...OCONTO COUNTY...
PULASKI - WWTP               1.37 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.68N/88.23W
OCONTO 4 W                   1.35 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.89N/87.95W
SURING                       1.32 IN   0800 AM 03/16   45.00N/88.38W
MOUNTAIN 2 NW                1.27 IN   1054 AM 03/16   45.17N/88.44W
BREED 5 NE                   1.21 IN   1007 AM 03/16   45.12N/88.37W
MOUNTAIN 1 SW                1.18 IN   0730 AM 03/16   45.17N/88.49W
MOUNTAIN 1.1 SW              1.18 IN   0700 AM 03/16   45.17N/88.49W
OCONTO AIRPORT               0.91 IN   0655 AM 03/16   44.87N/87.91W

...ONEIDA COUNTY...
RHINELANDER                  1.92 IN   0730 AM 03/16   45.60N/89.45W
RHINELANDER 6.3 WNW          1.80 IN   0700 AM 03/16   45.68N/89.53W
RHINELANDER 5.2 N            1.79 IN   0800 AM 03/16   45.71N/89.42W
RHINELANDER AIRPORT          1.74 IN   0653 AM 03/16   45.63N/89.47W
RHINELANDER 2.7 WNW          1.68 IN   0700 AM 03/16   45.66N/89.46W
RHINELANDER 4 NE             1.50 IN   0800 AM 03/16   45.65N/89.31W
ARBOR VITAE - WOODRUFF 2 S   1.46 IN   1010 AM 03/16   45.89N/89.65W
MINOCQUA                     1.37 IN   0630 AM 03/16   45.89N/89.73W
LAKE TOMAHAWK 2 SE           1.17 IN   0600 AM 03/16   45.81N/89.56W

...OUTAGAMIE COUNTY...
NEW LONDON                   2.12 IN   0745 AM 03/16   44.36N/88.72W
SHIOCTON                     1.40 IN   0731 AM 03/16   44.44N/88.58W
APPLETON 2 ENE               1.35 IN   1042 AM 03/16   44.28N/88.37W
BLACK CREEK 2.1 NNW          1.30 IN   0645 AM 03/16   44.50N/88.47W
APPLETON                     1.25 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.28N/88.44W
APPLETON 1.3 N               1.24 IN   0645 AM 03/16   44.29N/88.39W
APPLETON WHBY RADIO          1.20 IN   0810 AM 03/16   44.25N/88.36W
GREENVILLE 1 E               1.12 IN   1051 AM 03/16   44.29N/88.52W

...PORTAGE COUNTY...
PLOVER 2 E - WWTP            2.60 IN   0709 AM 03/16   44.46N/89.50W
STEVENS POINT                2.59 IN   0730 AM 03/16   44.51N/89.59W
PLOVER 1 WSW                 2.36 IN   1036 AM 03/16   44.44N/89.55W
ROSHOLT                      2.30 IN   0646 AM 03/16   44.63N/89.31W
PLOVER                       2.29 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.44N/89.55W
ALMOND-5 NE                  2.23 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.31N/89.35W
AMHERST                      2.13 IN   0600 AM 03/16   44.45N/89.29W

...SHAWANO COUNTY...
STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE RESERVATI 2.13 IN   0820 AM 03/16   44.87N/88.90W
PELLA 3 SE                   1.83 IN   0530 AM 03/16   44.74N/88.74W
SHAWANO 2 SSW                1.60 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.76N/88.62W
SHAWANO 4 SE                 1.48 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.76N/88.53W
SHAWANO AIRPORT              1.26 IN   0655 AM 03/16   44.79N/88.56W
CECIL 6 NE - PULCIFER        1.24 IN   0715 AM 03/16   44.85N/88.35W
ANGELICA                     1.21 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.67N/88.31W

...VILAS COUNTY...
REST LAKE                    1.42 IN   0830 AM 03/16   46.12N/89.88W
ARBOR VITAE AIRPORT          1.27 IN   0655 AM 03/16   45.93N/89.73W
PHELPS                       0.97 IN   0700 AM 03/16   46.07N/89.08W
LAC VIEUX DESERT             0.94 IN   0800 AM 03/16   46.12N/89.08W
MANITOWISH WATERS AIRPORT    0.89 IN   0655 AM 03/16   46.12N/89.88W
ST GERMAIN                   0.86 IN   0600 AM 03/16   45.92N/89.49W
EAGLE RIVER - SOUTH          0.83 IN   0659 AM 03/16   45.91N/89.24W
EAGLE RIVER 4 E              0.82 IN   0511 AM 03/16   45.92N/89.15W
LAND O` LAKES 11.7 W         0.77 IN   0720 AM 03/16   46.19N/89.46W
PHELPS 2 SW                  0.76 IN   1002 AM 03/16   46.04N/89.10W
LAND O LAKES 4.3 WNW         0.73 IN   0700 AM 03/16   46.17N/89.30W

...WAUPACA COUNTY...
OGDENSBURG 2.5 E             2.95 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.46N/88.98W
WAUPACA 3 E                  2.86 IN   1000 AM 03/16   44.33N/89.00W
SCANDINAVIA                  2.53 IN   1050 AM 03/16   44.46N/89.15W
WAUPACA                      2.52 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.35N/89.06W
LT WOLF. RIVER               2.48 IN   1000 AM 03/16   44.42N/88.87W
NEW LONDON - WWTP            2.47 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.39N/88.75W
WEYAUWEGA                    2.25 IN   1054 AM 03/16   44.32N/88.93W
NEW LONDON                   2.08 IN   1000 AM 03/16   44.39N/88.74W
WEYAUWEGA 0.1 S              1.94 IN   0612 AM 03/16   44.32N/88.93W
WEYAUWEGA                    1.94 IN   0612 AM 03/16   44.32N/88.93W
KING 1 ENE                   1.90 IN   1028 AM 03/16   44.34N/89.12W
CLINTONVILLE                 1.78 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.62N/88.75W

...WAUSHARA COUNTY...
WAUTOMA 1 WSW                2.85 IN   1012 AM 03/16   44.06N/89.29W
WAUTOMA SILVER LAKE SANITARY 2.80 IN   0830 AM 03/16   44.04N/89.24W
HANCOCK EXP FARM             2.71 IN   0800 AM 03/16   44.12N/89.54W
WAUTOMA AIRPORT              2.38 IN   0656 AM 03/16   44.04N/89.30W
POY SIPPI 2 W                2.04 IN   0627 AM 03/16   44.11N/89.02W
BERLIN WWTP                  1.89 IN   0700 AM 03/16   43.99N/88.94W

...WINNEBAGO COUNTY...
ZITTAU 3 SSE                 1.68 IN   1040 AM 03/16   44.17N/88.77W
BUTTE DES MORTS 2 WSW        1.64 IN   1006 AM 03/16   44.07N/88.69W
OMRO 2 SW                    1.51 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.02N/88.78W
OMRO 2.3 WSW                 1.51 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.02N/88.78W
MENASHA 1 W                  1.28 IN   1000 AM 03/16   44.21N/88.47W
LARSEN 2 ESE                 1.27 IN   1052 AM 03/16   44.16N/88.56W
OSHKOSH 6 S                  1.25 IN   0700 AM 03/16   43.94N/88.54W
OSHKOSH 5.6 S                1.25 IN   0700 AM 03/16   43.94N/88.54W
OSHKOSH 5 N                  1.11 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.09N/88.55W
OSHKOSH 5.2 N                1.11 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.09N/88.55W
NEENAH 1.1 ENE               1.11 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.17N/88.45W
LAKE WINNEBAGO               1.06 IN   1000 AM 03/16   44.02N/88.53W
OSHKOSH-NORTH                1.05 IN   0730 AM 03/16   44.03N/88.54W
JEFFERSON PARK - LAKE WINNEB 1.04 IN   1000 AM 03/16   44.20N/88.43W
OSHKOSH AIRPORT              1.04 IN   0653 AM 03/16   43.98N/88.56W
OSHKOSH                      1.03 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.00N/88.54W
OSHKOSH                      0.97 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.03N/88.56W

...WOOD COUNTY...
NEW ROME 4 ENE               3.30 IN   1005 AM 03/16   44.26N/89.81W
PORT EDWARDS 2 WNW           3.00 IN   1053 AM 03/16   44.35N/89.88W
WISCONSIN RAPIDS AIRPORT     2.86 IN   0654 AM 03/16   44.36N/89.84W
WIS RAPIDS GRAND AV B        2.80 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.40N/89.83W
WISCONSIN RAPIDS 3 ESE       2.71 IN   1050 AM 03/16   44.37N/89.77W
WISCONSIN RAPIDS 4.6 SSE     2.50 IN   0730 AM 03/16   44.34N/89.78W
WISCONSIN RAPIDS-SOUTHEAST   2.34 IN   0630 AM 03/16   44.38N/89.80W
NEW ROME 3 WNW               2.25 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.26N/89.94W
NEW ROME 1 WNW               2.23 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.25N/89.91W
MARSHFIELD EXP FARM          2.20 IN   0730 AM 03/16   44.64N/90.13W
HEWITT 2 ENE                 2.14 IN   1053 AM 03/16   44.64N/90.10W
PITTSVILLE - WWTP            2.03 IN   0700 AM 03/16   44.44N/90.13W
MARSHFIELD AIRPORT           1.76 IN   0654 AM 03/16   44.64N/90.19W

OBSERVATIONS ARE COLLECTED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES WITH VARYING
EQUIPMENT AND EXPOSURE. NOT ALL DATA LISTED ARE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL.

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