1984: The temperature hits a record low of 15 below zero at Grand Rapids for the second consecutive day. The temperature at Lansing only manages to reach zero degrees during the day.
1883: Bitter cold arctic air sends the temperature down to 14 below zero at Lansing and 8 below at Detroit. The high for the day at Lansing is 4 below zero, the coldest high temperature ever in the month of January there.
2005: A blizzard drops a foot of snow across southern Lower Michigan with strong winds creating drifts up to 4 feet deep.
1909: Lower Michigan is in the midst of a three day stretch of warm weather. Lansing hits a record high of 60 degrees. Grand Rapids reaches 56 degrees, also a record.
1948: Record lows on this date include 19 below zero at Grand Rapids and 13 below at Muskegon as arctic high pressure and deep snow cover have Lower Michigan in the deep freeze.
1967: A huge storm is gathering over the Plains States. Out ahead of it, strong southerly breezes bring record warmth to Lower Michigan. Lansing soars to 66 degrees, the warmest on record for the month of January.
1950: Muskegon sets the record high for the month of January at 63 degrees. Grand Rapids also ties their monthly record high of 66 degrees.
1967: Temperatures reach the 60s for the second day in a row across Lower Michigan. However, the spring-like weather is about to give way to one of the greatest snowstorms on record.
1967: Temperatures in the 20s are some 40 degrees colder than the day before, and heavy snow begins falling, piling up a foot or more along with increasing winds.
1978: A storm known as the Cleveland Superbomb moves north from the Gulf of Mexico and deepens explosively, becoming one of the worst blizzards in Midwest history. From one to two feet of snow falls across southern Lower Michigan, whipped into huge drifts by strong gusty winds.
Several new records were set including a new record low sea level barometric pressure of 28.68 , observed at 6:00 AM. At least 9 deaths were attributed to the blizzard, most roads were impassable, roofs collapsed under the weight of the snow and the airport in Grand Rapids was closed from late on the 25th until the 27th. Governor Milliken declared a state of emergency and requested additional federal aid for snow removal.
I remember having to crawl over snow dunes twice a day for a week to go take care of the horses we had at the time, the barn was a quarter mile away. The only thing moving out in the country were snow mobiles. My car stayed in a four foot drift until a roadgrader with a v-plow came to open up the roads. The photo to the left is consistent with how the rural roads were after the storm.
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.
An area of high pressure over the Mississippi Valley will build east today and through the Great Lakes Region on Thursday. This fair weather system will limit the potential for any precipitation during this period. Clouds will be fairly abundant though. The high pressure system strengthens over the Appalachians on Friday. A stronger southwesterly flow of milder air develops here in Michigan and persists into Saturday.
Today: A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 31. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 48. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
Sunday: A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.
Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Monday: A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 31.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.
Tuesday: A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 36.
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