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More winter on the way

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Catherine W. Idzerda
February 4, 2008

South central Wisconsin residents should brace themselves for another blast of winter.


Forecasters are predicting another pile of snow between Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.


A pile is really the most accurate way to describe it. Meteorologists are predicting anywhere from 4 to 9 inches of snow. The snow will come after a day of rain and dropping temperatures, making Wednesday a good day to call in sick.


Here are the specifics:


The National Weather Service in Sullivan issued a winter storm watch starting Tuesday evening for south central and southeastern Wisconsin.


Tuesday will begin with drizzle changing to occasional flurries and then increasing snow throughout the day. The high temperature will be 37 degrees on Tuesday morning and will drop throughout the day.


Snow will continue into Wednesday, tapering off in the afternoon.


The snowfall will bring Janesville closer to the snowfall record for the past 60 years, a dubious meteorological honor.


According to The Janesville Gazette weather records, which date back to 1948, the city has had 48.2 inches of snow this winter, placing it ninth in the snowfall standings. Only 0.1 inches are needed to beat the 2006 record of 48.3 inches. Another 4.4 inches are needed to beat the 1958 record, putting this winter in seventh place.


To win the “most snowfall since 1948” award, Mother Nature would have to provide more than 19.1 inches of snow. That would place the winter of 2007-08 in first place, beating the previous record of 67.3 inches set in 1978.


Unfortunately, the award would not come with anymore road salt.



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