Read more stories from the Wisconsin State Journal archives about the blizzard that dropped a record 17.3 inches of snow on Madison in a single day on Dec. 3, 1990.
A winter storm, which eventually became a blizzard, began shortly after midnight Dec. 3, 1990, and by the time it was over late that evening, it would dump a record 17.3 inches of snow on the Madison area. The total would beat the previous record of 13.2 inches of snow in a 24-hour period, set on Dec. 15, 1987.
The record-setting snowstorm that struck southern Wisconsin shut down roads, schools, businesses and government offices. Even UW classes were canceled.