Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Worst Snowstorms in the State of Wisconsin From 1881 to the Present


Read More About It

"Disasters in Wisconsin" Wisconsin Historical Society

"Bizzards! and Ice Storms" by Maria Rosado

"Storm ties up city" Wisconsin State Journal 3/5/76


Vocabulary:

blanketed
coating


Interesting Fact:

The ABC television affiliate in Madison, WKOW, channel 27, was off the air for more than a week as a result of the ice storm.


Study Questions:

  • How many counties, and which ones, in southern Wisconsin were affected by the storm?
  • How long was the power off in parts of Madison due to the storm?
  • Explain how your life would be affected by a prolonged power outage.


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about ice storms:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 4:

    1861: Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States.
    1933: Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States.



  • March 4

    March 4, 1976: An ice storm blanketed much of southern Wisconsin, leaving a four-inch-thick coating of ice. The storm caused more than 50 million dollars damage.


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