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An early spring storm brought widespread, heavy snow to central Wisconsin and a wintry mix to southern Wisconsin on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23-24, 2016.  In southern Wisconsin, precipitation began as rain on Wednesday, although areas from the Dells to Sheboygan had periods of snow.  The rain turned into freezing rain Wednesday night as temperatures dropped below freezing.  Many people woke to ice-coated trees and power lines Thursday morning.  There were isolated power outages reported across the area.  

Precipitation from this slow-moving low pressure system persisted as sleet and freezing rain in southern Wisconsin for much of the day Thursday before becoming all snow late in the afternoon.  Snow exited southeast Wisconsin from west to east Thursday evening.  

Below are maps that show rounded values of reports of snowfall totals and ice accumulation during this two-day event.  

Snow Totals Ice Totals




NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI