Madison - Extreme Daily Snowfall for Each Year





Here's a list of yearly records for the heaviest snowfalls and snowiest days in Madison, Wisconsin. The information easily answers questions such as: How much snow fell in a day during the biggest snowstorm of 2018? When was the last time Madison got more than a foot of snow in a single day?

This page gives the highest daily snowfall of each year in Madison and the date it occurred. If a date has a plus sign beside it that means the same amount of snow also fell on at least one other day earlier in the year.

These records go back to 1884, with just a few years missing data. Since then, the most amount of snow to land in one day at Madison is 17.3 inches (43.9 centimetres) on December 3, 1990.

Since 1940 the snowfall extremes were measured at Dane County Regional Airport. Before then, the weather station was in downtown Madison.

Most snow to fall in one day during recent years in Madison
Inches Date Centi­metres
7.2 April 18, 2018 18.3
5.2 January 25, 2017 13.2
5.7 December 04, 2016 14.5
5.6 December 28, 2015 14.2
5.3 November 24, 2014 13.5
6.4 March 05, 2013 16.3
13.3 December 20, 2012 33.8
8.3 February 01, 2011 21.1
6.3 January 07, 2010 16.0
Highest daily snowfall recorded at Madison each year
Inches Date Centi­metres
7.1 December 08, 2009 18.0
11.9 February 06, 2008 30.2
6.2 December 01, 2007 15.7
6.1 February 16, 2006 15.5
5.7 January 06, 2005 14.5
3.8 January 04, 2004 9.7
4.6 March 04, 2003 11.7
6.6 March 02, 2002 16.8
1.9 February 14, 2001 4.8
8.2 December 18, 2000 20.8
10.2 January 02, 1999 25.9
6.8 March 08, 1998 17.3
4.5 December 03, 1997 11.4
1996
12.6 January 19, 1995 32.0
11.6 February 23, 1994 29.5
7.8 February 21, 1993 19.8
5.3 March 21, 1992 13.5
4.5 January 11, 1991 11.4
17.3 December 03, 1990 43.9
3.7 March 03, 1989 9.4
8.1 January 25, 1988 20.6
13.2 December 15, 1987 33.5
5.6 January 02, 1986 14.2
12.1 December 01, 1985 30.7
5.1 December 26, 1984 13.0
6.6 February 02, 1983 16.8
8.0 April 05, 1982 20.3
4.8 February 10, 1981 12.2
4.0 December 01, 1980 + 10.2
7.3 January 13, 1979 18.5
8.1 December 31, 1978 20.6
7.0 December 08, 1977 17.8
6.0 February 21, 1976 15.2
4.9 April 02, 1975 + 12.4
5.0 February 05, 1974 12.7
12.9 April 09, 1973 32.8
10.9 March 29, 1972 27.7
12.0 March 18, 1971 30.5
12.7 December 10, 1970 32.3
8.4 December 07, 1969 21.3
4.3 December 28, 1968 10.9
4.1 February 05, 1967 10.4
7.1 January 12, 1966 18.0
6.9 March 17, 1965 17.5
5.2 March 08, 1964 13.2
6.3 March 05, 1963 16.0
4.7 February 21, 1962 11.9
10.0 March 08, 1961 25.4
5.6 February 21, 1960 14.2
10.0 March 05, 1959 25.4
2.0 November 23, 1958 5.1
6.9 March 18, 1957 17.5
4.9 March 23, 1956 12.4
3.1 March 22, 1955 7.9
5.9 November 30, 1954 15.0
5.0 March 03, 1953 + 12.7
3.3 December 29, 1952 + 8.4
4.8 November 03, 1951 + 12.2
10.3 February 13, 1950 26.2
3.9 January 27, 1949 + 9.9
7.6 March 27, 1948 19.3
9.6 January 29, 1947 24.4
5.4 March 08, 1946 13.7
5.4 December 13, 1945 13.7
3.4 December 10, 1944 8.6
4.2 January 15, 1943 10.7
4.2 January 31, 1942 10.7
3.0 December 26, 1941 + 7.6
8.5 November 30, 1940 21.6
6.1 March 05, 1939 15.5
6.0 January 24, 1938 15.2
5.7 March 24, 1937 14.5
5.6 February 03, 1936 14.2
6.1 March 07, 1935 15.5
3.6 December 03, 1934 9.1
4.0 March 20, 1933 10.2
3.6 March 01, 1932 9.1
6.7 March 27, 1931 17.0
6.0 January 09, 1930 15.2
8.4 January 05, 1929 21.3
5.9 November 30, 1928 15.0
3.6 April 01, 1927 9.1
6.3 February 25, 1926 16.0
5.4 March 13, 1925 13.7
5.8 March 06, 1924 14.7
8.2 March 12, 1923 20.8
6.0 December 14, 1922 15.2
8.2 April 16, 1921 20.8
3.4 December 25, 1920 8.6
4.2 February 14, 1919 10.7
7.5 December 24, 1918 19.1
6.2 March 12, 1917 15.7
11.0 March 22, 1916 27.9
4.2 March 05, 1915 10.7
6.7 February 06, 1914 17.0
7.0 January 07, 1913 17.8
11.5 February 26, 1912 29.2
5.5 February 05, 1911 14.0
12.1 January 13, 1910 30.7
10.6 December 12, 1909 26.9
5.0 January 31, 1908 12.7
4.0 April 07, 1907 10.2
6.4 February 13, 1906 16.3
1905
7.0 December 27, 1904 17.8
6.0 February 04, 1903 15.2
3.5 December 03, 1902 8.9
3.5 March 10, 1901 + 8.9
4.5 November 06, 1900 11.4
5.0 March 25, 1899 12.7
9.4 January 20, 1898 23.9
5.5 December 04, 1897 14.0
4.2 January 23, 1896 10.7
2.9 December 19, 1895 7.4
2.8 November 09, 1894 7.1
3.5 November 27, 1893 + 8.9
6.4 December 13, 1892 16.3
5.3 March 06, 1891 13.5
7.1 February 27, 1890 18.0
7.5 January 09, 1889 19.1
4.0 January 12, 1888 10.2
10.0 December 21, 1887 25.4
11.0 March 21, 1886 27.9
5.0 December 09, 1885 + 12.7
5.0 January 23, 1884 12.7
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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