As January comes to a close I bring you the weather history for the end of the month into February.
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 nadir 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.
2011: The Great Groundhog day blizzard struck bringing 10 to 16″ of snow to the area. (photo above and feature image)
2007: Blizzard conditions prevail across southwest Lower Michigan as an arctic blast of frigid air moving over Lake Michigan produces thundersnow and whiteout conditions. Grand Rapids sets a record for snowfall for any February day with 11.3 inches of snow.
A deep low pressure system tracking east across central Canada , well north of Lake Superior this morning will more than anything else bring gusty winds and warmer temperatures. Any precipitation today would be limited to areas near and north of Route 10 this morning and that will mostly be light snow.
Two cold fronts trail this system, the first cold front comes through late this afternoon then the second during the mid morning hours of Thursday. The second front brings in the coldest air since early in January so temperatures will fall during the day into the teens by evening. Snow showers will be widespread but accumulations will be light.
Lake enhanced snow showers will continue into Friday afternoon. The northwest wind snow belt areas will see 3 to 6 inches of snow, locally more. High pressure will end the snow by evening but a storm system moving through Michigan over the weekend may bring a significant widespread snowfall to the entire State of Michigan.
Today: Patchy blowing snow before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
Tonight: Cloudy, with a low around 26. West southwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 8am. Cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 30 by 8am, then falling to around 18 during the remainder of the day. West northwest wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -5. Northwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Friday: A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20. West northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.
Friday Night: Snow showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Saturday: Snow showers. High near 30. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday Night: Snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 12.
Sunday: Snow showers likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19.
Sunday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6.
Monday: A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 22.
Monday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
Tuesday: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 25.
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