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Cold day during winter with few days of snow on Milwaukee's ground

CREATED Feb. 19, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - After high temperatures near fifty degrees on President’s Day in Milwaukee, strong northwest winds and much colder air settles in for today.

There could be flurries or brief snow showers as the cold air pours into the state, but any accumulation would be minor.

The cold air sticks around through Thursday before another storm system warms us up and brings back some snow to southern Wisconsin.

Snow on the ground makes for a beautiful winter landscape, but in many recent winter seasons a deep snow cover has been few and far between.

During the winter of 2010-11, there was a large snow cover after the Groundhog’s Day blizzard, but very little before that snow storm.

Last year we only received thirty inches of seasonal snowfall, and most of the first half of the winter season was void of snow on the ground.

During this winter season the greatest snow depth in Milwaukee was seven inches recorded on the 7th through the 9th this month, but at present we are down to a trace of snow.

During the month of December more than half of the month had no snow cover, and in January eighteen days were without snow on the ground.

The whole winter season so far has reported forty-two of seventy days with no snow cover.