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Wisconsin recording snow depth totals not seen in 10 years

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 11:45:51-05

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. .

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