An unprecedented spring blizzard hit northeast and central Wisconsin four years ago, wreaking havoc on roads, collapsing roofs and shutting down towns across the state.
The storm dropped up to 30 inches of snow between April 13 and 15, 2018, setting records across the region. Green Bay received nearly 2 feet of snow.
The heavy weight of snow caused several barn roofs in Brown, Oconto and Outagamie counties to collapse and part of the roof to fall off the Econo Lodge hotel in Ashwaubenon.
Accompanied by winds of up to 80 km/h, the blizzard made many roads impassable and created waves of 10 to 16 feet on Lake Michigan, causing local flooding and shoreline damage.
As residents began to dig in, Roy Eckberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Green Bay, described the blizzard as a “one-off snowstorm” for a wide area of central and northeastern Wisconsin.
“It was one of the record books,” he said.
The previous record snowfall in Green Bay for a single April storm, set in 1977, was 11 inches. Smaller, but still record amounts of snow also fell in Appleton and Wausau.
In Fond du Lac and South Winnebago counties, the storm blanketed the landscape in ice.
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