Weather History for the Week
1966: A record early season snowstorm drops 6 to 12 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan.
1990: Heavy fog resulted in a fatal aircraft accident near Shelby, Michigan. A private plane trying to land at the local airport in the fog stalled and crashed, killing the pilot.
2003: Heavy rains of an inch or more across southwest Lower Michigan on this day set the tone for November, 2003. This turns out to be the wettest November on record at both Grand Rapids and Lansing.
1951: The temperature plunges to six degrees at Grand Rapids, a record for early season cold.
1990: Heavy rains inundate southern Lower Michigan. The 2.12 inches of rain at Muskegon makes this the wettest November day on record
1880: An early season snowstorm strikes during one of the coldest Novembers on record in Lower Michigan. At Lansing, a foot of snow is measured on this day.
1951: Snow and cold dominate the month of November across western Lower Michigan, especially the first week. The morning low of 12 degrees at Muskegon is the fifth consecutive daily record low temperature. Lake effect snow continues piling up at a record pace with more than two feet of snow falling at Grand Rapids in the first week of November.
1975: Record warm weather prevails across Michigan with Grand Rapids and Lansing both reaching 77 degrees.
1877: Record cold freezes Lower Michigan following a heavy snowfall on November 5th. At Lansing the temperature plunges to 4 degrees on the 5th and 6th, and 8 degrees on this day.
1921: A record early season snowstorm buries Lower Michigan with over a foot of heavy, wet snow in some places. Lansing measures 18.9 inches for its greatest November snowfall on record.
1991: A vast flow of arctic air dominates the Midwest during early November, 1991. Several inches of snow fall from the 2nd through the 6th followed by the passage of a cold dome of high pressure that sets record lows of 11 degrees at Lansing and 16 degrees at Grand Rapids on this date.
1913: A massive storm that became known as The White Hurricane sank numerous ships on the Great Lakes and caused millions of dollars in damage across Michigan. This storm was one of the deadliest and most destructive natural disasters to hit the Great Lakes, killing more than 250 people while wrecking 19 ships and stranding 19 others. The financial loss in vessels alone was nearly five million dollars, or about 100 million dollars at current value. Lost cargo, such as coal, iron ore, and grain was estimated at over 68,000 tons.
There is a winter weather advisory for Mason, Lake, Oceana, Newaygo, Muskegon, Osceola and Mecosta counties from 9am this morning through 7pm tonight for up to five inches of snow.
Snow will be moving in from the west this morning mainly north of Interstate 96. Impactful travel conditions are predicted for much of that region today and into the evening. During the evening the snow will be winding down. The main hazards will be slick snow covered roads and low visibilities.
South of the advisory area we will see some snow turning to all rain or a mix.
A more widespread and impactful period is becoming increasingly likely Saturday night and through Monday as an arctic airmass moves in. Well below freezing temperatures…accumulating lake effect snowfall and gusty winds are forecasted.
If you look at our webcams in the side bar you can see Houghton has had snow on the ground all week with more coming….