Looking back at May 10, 1990 snowstorm after messy Mother's Day
Although both days this weekend were below-average it was a 50/50 weekend in many respects. Saturday morning started off with a widespread freeze and even a hard freeze for some inland spots where the temp dropped down into the middle 20s.
The 31* low in Milwaukee is the first May freeze since 2004. It goes down in the records as tied for the 15th latest last freeze on record. That record is held by 1961 which had a May 17th freeze. Saturday's low was just 5* away from the daily record of 26* and 10* away from the monthly record low set back in 1966.
Sunday officially had a high temperature of 55* but that is a bit deceiving since it happened early in the morning. Then temperature dropped throughout Mother's Day with a 3 pm temperature of only 38*. Mother's Day also saw plenty of rain and snow showers with officially a trace of snow reported.
Here's a crazy stat. When you look at holidays over the past 8 months since Halloween, the warmest is actually Christmas Day! We saw a high of 57* that day which beats out the 55* we got Mother's Day. Here's hoping Memorial Day is warmer!
No one likes to see snow in May, but it didn't come close to May 10th of 30 years ago. That's a day that will live in the history books. Milwaukee picked up 3.2" of snow in the latest snowstorm on record to hit the southeast part of the state.
3.2" is a good snow in May but some inland communities saw as much as 8". That snowstorm was responsible for millions of dollars in damage. Trees had already bloomed and the weight of the snow caused downed trees and power lines across the state.
Although lakeside areas should stay away from freezing temps the next few nights some inland spots could get to 32* or below and frost is expected. Another frost advisory will likely be issued for Tuesday morning. Inland patchy frost is also possible Wednesday morning before warmer temperatures begin to return.
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