Clothing optional does not apply today and would be downright dangerous unless one is a polar bear. We have -3 in Grand Rapids and -8 in Kalamazoo at 6am – this range seems to be fairly consistent across the state. Wind chills are expected to be down to -40° or more with ambient temps around 0°.
In Wisconsin the temps are in the negative double digits with many 20 to 30 below readings. Freezing temps have made it as far south as Dallas, Baton Rouge and Tallahassee.
Our winter storm warning continues through tomorrow at 1pm with another 2 to 5 inches of snow and windchill’s down to 40 below. Even wearing my Arctic wear yesterday I could feel the cold permeate through them – not a time to stand around admiring the scenery for sure.
Temps will do a reversal by the weekend as we will see them rise into the 30s and 40s for a few days which will seem like a heat wave….
1967: Chicago’s greatest snowstorm on record also extends into Lower Michigan, where Battle Creek records 28.6 inches of snow. The storm total at Lansing is 23 inches and 18 inches at Grand Rapids.
1994: A snow and ice storm brings travel to a halt across Lower Michigan. Freezing rain causes widespread power outages and results in 5 million dollars damage.
1977: Buffalo, New York is hit with the worst blizzard in its history. Meanwhile, lake effect snow squalls also pummel areas in western Lower Michigan with more than a foot of fresh snow being piled into huge drifts by strong winds.
1909: A snowstorm dumps from 6 to 10 inches of snow across southern Lower Michigan.
1966: A week long cold snap reaches its lowest point as temperatures fall to record lows of 16 below zero at Grand Rapids and 12 below at Muskegon.
1951: A huge arctic high pressure center moves south from Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and brings snow to Florida. Temperatures fall to record lows in Lower Michigan. Grand Rapids sets their all-time record January low of 22 degrees below zero. Baldwin, Michigan plunges to 37 below zero.
2008: Rain changes to snow as an arctic cold front brings a flash freeze to lower Michigan during the night of the 29th, leaving a sheet of ice on the roads. Temperatures fall from the upper 40s to the single numbers, with occasional blinding white-out conditions in falling and blowing snow. There were numerous traffic accidents and some roads were closed for a time. School and event cancellations were widespread, and there were also sporadic power outages.
1914: A snowstorm drops from 6 to 14 inches of snow across southern Lower Michigan.
1977: One of the coldest months on record comes to a close with yet more arctic air and lake effect snow. High temperatures are only in the teens during the last week of the month with 2 to 4 feet of snow piled up along the Lake Michigan snow belts.
1918: February opens on a frigid note during one of the most severe winters in history across the central and eastern United States. Muskegon tumbles to a record cold 22 degrees below zero and Lansing also sets a record with 16 below.
1868: It is a chilly Groundhog Day as Lansing sets their all-time record low with a reading of 37 below zero.
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