These Are The 10 Snowiest Cities In Wisconsin


We looked at the data to see which cities in WI have the worst of the worst snow every year.

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It’s the dead of winter, and the time of year when the ground is frozen, the air is bone chilling, and there are piles of dirty, nasty ice encrusted snow all over the place. Sure, a Saturday morning right after a foot of fluffy snow is the best thing ever.

But for the most part, this is about the time of year when we’re just about ready for Spring.

So, put on your parkas, snow boots and your gloves and let’s go outside to see which Wisconsin cities get dumped on the most every year. After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The 10 Snowiest Cities In Wisconsin:

  1. Rhinelander
  2. Ashland
  3. Wausau
  4. Weston
  5. Rothschild
  6. Kronenwetter
  7. Rib Mountain
  8. Antigo
  9. Marinette
  10. Plymouth

Read on below to see where your town ranked, you snow angels. If you’re curious, Oregon, McFarland and Fitchburg all get the least amount of snow every year, on average, in Wisconsin. They all get 22 inches apiece. And that’s the lowest? Wow.

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What snow measuring criteria did we use?

In order to rank the snowiest cities in Wisconsin, we only had to scrape the database of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to see which cities in the Big Cheese to get the most annual snowfall.

Before we get too far, here are the annual snowfall rates for major cities: Green Bay 46 inches, Waukesha 40 inches, Madison 38 inches, LaCrosse 36 inches, and Milwaukee 35 inches. There’s a complete chart at the bottom.

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1. Rhinelander

Flickr user cohodas208c

Population: 24,654
Annual snowfall: 62 inches

2. Ashland

Flickr user Lynn

Population: 8,213
Annual snowfall: 57 inches

3. Wausau

Flickr user vxia

Population: 39,766
Annual snowfall: 56.7 inches

4. Weston

Flickr user Jim Sisko

Population: 14,702
Annual snowfall: 56.6 inches

5. Rothschild

Flickr user Joel Hamilton

Population: 5,288
Annual snowfall: 56.6 inches

6. Kronenwetter

Flickr user Chris Gaziano

Population: 7,163
Annual snowfall: 56.5 inches

7. Rib Mountain

Flickr user jkbeitz

Population: 5,749
Annual snowfall: 56.5 inches

8. Antigo

Flickr user Lynnava

Population: 8,189
Annual snowfall: 56.3 inches

9. Marinette

Flickr user Jason Crouse

Population: 11,585
Annual snowfall: 52 inches

10. Plymouth

Flickr user Royal Broil

Population: 8,461
Annual snowfall: 51 inches

Climbing out from under the data

If you’re measuring the locations in Wisconsin with the most snowfall every year, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the places that get the least amount of snow in Wisconsin:

  1. Oregon – 22 inches
  2. McFarland – 22 inches
  3. Fitchburg – 22 inches
  4. Manitowoc – 30 inches
  5. Fort Atkinson – 31 inches
  6. Below is a complete chart with the snowfall data for each Wisconsin City:

    City Snowfall Inches Per Year Rank
    Rhinelander 62 1
    Ashland 57 2
    Wausau 56 3
    Weston 56 4
    Rothschild 56 5
    Kronenwetter 56 6
    Rib Mountain 56 7
    Antigo 56 8
    Marinette 52 9
    Plymouth 51 10
    Marshfield 49 11
    Glendale 47 12
    Shorewood 47 13
    Fox Point 47 14
    Whitefish Bay 47 15
    Tomah 47 16
    Green Bay 46 17
    Ashwaubenon 46 18
    Howard 46 19
    Bellevue 46 20
    De Pere 46 21
    Ledgeview 46 22
    Hobart 46 23
    Suamico 46 24
    Allouez 46 25
    Shawano 46 26
    Rice Lake 46 27
    Sturgeon Bay 46 28
    Merrill 46 29
    Waupaca 46 30
    Delavan 46 31
    Elkhorn 46 32
    Lake Geneva 46 33
    Sheboygan 46 34
    West Bend 46 35
    Slinger 46 36
    Hartford 46 37
    Jackson 46 38
    Grafton 46 39
    Sheboygan Falls 46 40
    Chippewa Falls 46 41
    Grand Chute 45 42
    Appleton 45 43
    Kimberly 45 44
    Neenah 45 45
    Little Chute 45 46
    Kaukauna 45 47
    Menasha 45 48
    Buchanan 45 49
    Greenville 45 50
    New London 45 51
    Reedsburg 45 52
    Richfield 44 53
    Richfield 44 54
    River Falls 44 55
    Eau Claire 44 56
    Altoona 44 57
    Racine 43 58
    Sturtevant 43 59
    Sun Prairie 43 60
    Cottage Grove 43 61
    Waunakee 43 62
    Mount Horeb 43 63
    Wisconsin Rapids 43 64
    Saratoga 43 65
    Lake Hallie 43 66
    Grand Rapids 43 67
    Oshkosh 43 68
    Stevens Point 42 69
    Plover 42 70
    Menomonie 42 71
    Germantown 42 72
    Sussex 42 73
    Onalaska 42 74
    Menomonee Falls 42 75
    Cedarburg 42 76
    Holmen 42 77
    Sparta 41 78
    Hudson 40 79
    New Richmond 40 80
    Mount Pleasant 40 81
    Caledonia 40 82
    Mount Pleasant 40 83
    Tichigan 40 84
    Caledonia 40 85
    Waukesha 40 86
    Pewaukee 40 87
    Mukwonago 40 88
    Muskego 40 89
    Hartland 40 90
    Vernon 40 91
    Genesee 40 92
    Berlin 40 93
    Ripon 40 94
    Watertown 40 95
    Brookfield 40 96
    Wauwatosa 40 97
    Elm Grove 40 98
    Twin Lakes 40 99
    Delafield 39 100
    Oconomowoc 39 101
    Baraboo 39 102
    Richland Center 39 103
    Norway 39 104
    Wind Lake 39 105
    Monona 38 106
    Madison 38 107
    Jefferson 38 108
    Lake Mills 38 109
    Monroe 38 110
    Platteville 38 111
    Portage 38 112
    Kenosha 37 113
    Somers 37 114
    Pleasant Prairie 37 115
    Fond Du Lac 36 116
    Mayville 36 117
    Prairie Du Chien 36 118
    Two Rivers 36 119
    Brown Deer 36 120
    Mequon 36 121
    La Crosse 36 122
    Burlington 36 123
    Waterford 36 124
    Milwaukee 35 125
    West Allis 35 126
    St. Francis 35 127
    South Milwaukee 35 128
    Greenfield 35 129
    Cudahy 35 130
    Oak Creek 35 131
    Greendale 35 132
    Hales Corners 35 133
    Franklin 35 134
    New Berlin 35 135
    Port Washington 35 136
    Beaver Dam 34 137
    Waupun 34 138
    Edgerton 34 139
    Stoughton 34 140
    Deforest 34 141
    Beloit 34 142
    Janesville 33 143
    Milton 33 144
    Middleton 32 145
    Verona 32 146
    Whitewater 31 147
    Fort Atkinson 31 148
    Manitowoc 30 149
    Fitchburg 22 150
    Mcfarland 22 151
    Oregon 22 152

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  1. This seems far from accurate. Hurley Wi averages close to 200″ of snow each year and has gotten 140″ already this year, which is more than any city on this list.

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