8 years ago, southern Wisconsin was digging out from blizzard conditions

MADISON, Wis. - As southern Wisconsin gets ready for light snow and freezing drizzle Wednesday, on this date eight years ago, much of the state was experiencing a blizzard! 

A widespread snowfall of 8-14 inches with wind gusts of 40-50 mph impacted central and northeast Wisconsin over a two-day period, with several locations reporting thunder snow at the height of the storm. Parts of Door County reported close to Category 1 hurricane-level wind gusts. 

Madison picked up about 9 inches of snow over the multiday event, but this storm was a record breaker for Wausau. The 13.5 inches it received eight years ago makes it the biggest December snowstorm ever in that city. 

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