MILWAUKEE (AP) — National Weather Service officials said Sunday that a winter storm moving across southeastern Wisconsin along with a system earlier in the week and lake-effect precipitation has left Milwaukee and other areas with snow depth totals not seen in 10 years.
Up to 10 inches of snow has fallen in parts of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties, the weather service said. Combined with heavy snow from Tuesday, there are snow depth totals above 15 inches in many areas near Lake Michigan.
“That’s more snow than we’ve seen in a decade,” said Chris Stumpf, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sullivan. He said the last time the area had 15-inch snow depth totals was in the 2010-2011 winter season, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Stumpf said another 3 to 4 inches could fall in southeastern Wisconsin, with possibly more by the lake.
Authorities say the continuous snowfall has made it difficult for snowplow crews to keep up and are advising drivers to stay off roads. Visibility is also reduced in some areas near the lakefront.
Catch more news on Great Lakes Now:
Crisis Response: President Biden has already kickstarted the country’s new approach to climate change
Public Concern: Climate change, runoff and chemicals at the forefront of people’s worries about the Great Lakes
Q & A: The Great Lakes are stressed. Climate change is making it worse.