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RACINE COUNTY — Parts of Racine County were hit with accumulating snow over the weekend, as cities farther north battled a spring blizzard.

About 1 to 2 inches of sleet fell in the area by Sunday morning, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Herzog. He said the mix also included snow and some freezing rain. As of Sunday afternoon, NWS meteorologist Sarah Marquardt said about 3 inches of snow and sleet had accumulated in some of the western portions of Racine County.

About half an inch accumulated in the eastern part of the county, including the City of Racine, she said.

The heaviest snowfall wound down in the afternoon, with light snow expected to linger into the night.

Light snow may continue on Monday, with up to an inch more of accumulation. Tuesday is forecast to be dry, and Wednesday may bring more light snow.

Stronger in central Wisconsin

The worst of the weekend snowstorm hit the between Green Bay and Stevens Point, Marquardt said. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 23.2 inches of snow fell on Green Bay. East of Stevens Point, NWS received reports of 24 inches of snow in some locations, with snow continuing to fall.

Although snow is not unprecedented this time of year in Wisconsin, the weekend storm was large and strong for April, Marquardt said. Green Bay typically sees about 2.9 inches of snow in April.

NWS reported that the weekend storm was the third-largest in Green Bay’s history, as of Sunday afternoon.

Marquardt said the system’s duration in southern Wisconsin was impressive, as it included a lengthy period of rain, followed by hours of sleet, then hours of snow.

“This time of year is, a lot of the time, when we tend to get strong storms, just as we’re transitioning from winter into the warmer months,” she said.

Power outages

About 100 customers in Racine County remained without power as of 10 a.m. Sunday morning, according to We Energies. That included 78 customers in the City of Racine and 16 in the Village of Caledonia.

By Sunday afternoon, 22 Racine County customers were reported without power.

We Energies spokesperson Cathy Schulze said Sunday morning that the company had restored power to more than 26,000 of its customers since Friday night. The majority of the outage activity, she said, was overnight Friday and throughout Saturday.

The outages are being attributed to the weather, with winds and tree limbs knocking down wires.

“This time of year is, a lot of the time, when we tend to get strong storms, just as we’re transitioning from winter into the warmer months.” Sarah Marquardt, National Weather Service meteorologist


Sari Lesk covers the City of Racine, Gateway and UW-Parkside. She is new to the community and moonlights as an amateur baker.

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