John Malan's Storm Team 4Cast for 1/30/13

Wednesday brings snowfall, dropping temps

CREATED Jan. 29, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Winter makes comeback Wednesday as chilly and strong northwest winds behind yesterday’s storm drops temperatures radically and also drops a few inches of snow.

Temperatures in Milwaukee will start out in the low-thirties but drop through the twenties in the afternoon and teens by the evening hours.

Several inches of snow will fall across eastern Wisconsin so watch for deteriorating road conditions all day and keep up on the advisories for your location.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, is the anniversary of the greatest snow depth on record for the state of Wisconsin measured at 60 inches in Hurley. The greatest snow ever for Milwaukee was 38 inches, set back in the winter of 1885-86.

Wednesday also marks the end of the greatest snowstorm to hit the Milwaukee area, closing it down for more than a week. The Blizzard of Jan. 28-30, 1947 dropped 18 inches of new snow, but it was probably much more since the winds were so strong it was literally impossible to measure accurately.

The wind at the height of the storm was northeast at 25 to 45 miles per hour, with gusts to more than 50 miles per hour. Snow drifted to more than 15 feet high, making all roads and streets impassable. Stores, factories, offices and schools were closed for up to four days.