No one alive today had ever experienced a two-day winter storm like the one that struck Northeast Wisconsin over the weekend.
The National Weather Service said the 23-plus inches of snow recorded at its Green Bay office represented the second-heaviest snowfall over two days on record, topped only by a 29-inch snowfall in 1888.
All three Kewaunee County school districts were planning to close for the day on Monday, and Kewaunee County government offices and the courthouse were closed for business for only the second time in 10 years.
The city of Kewaunee declared a snow emergency extending through noon Monday, meaning that no vehicles would be allowed to park on any streets within the Kewaunee city limits to give crews a chance to clear the streets. The city of Algoma issued a snow emergency through 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Officers were kept busy with dozens of accidents and hundreds of vehicles stuck in the snow as crews worked all weekend to keep the roads cleared. Even major highways were snow- and ice-covered, and officials recommended that people avoid travel if possible. Businesses closed, churches canceled services, and special events were postponed across the area, including the “Wake Up Call” presentation that had been planned at Kewaunee High School on Monday evening.
The area had already set a record for snowfall amounts in the month of April, after a storm dropped 7-11 inches on Election Day, April 3. The old record had been about 15 inches, which was surpassed by this weekend’s storm alone.