We are right at freezing at 5am this morning at the Weather Center with over a tenth of an inch of freezing rain and around an inch of wet snow having accumulated since yesterday afternoon.
Our Winter Weather Advisory is set to expire at 9am for Kent County on to the south and 4pm to the north. There is currently a large area of rain pushing northeastward from Illinois and Indiana. A wintry mix and snow will be mainly north from Holland to Alma and Bay City where two to five inches of snow could fall – south of that line we will be seeing mainly rain as temps rise into the mid 30s. Rainfall totals could be a third to a half an inch.
Tonight our temps begin their downward spiral once again as we get Arctic air moving into the picture and the lake effect snow machine gets cranked up especially late tomorrow on through the weekend. I will have more on this tomorrow with my weekly winter update. As a spoiler Dr. Judah Cohen is saying our cold air may last right into March.
It would be a good idea to get the wet snow and ice off the driveways and sidewalks before they refreeze. Us older folk don’t tend to be as dexterous on the ice as I have found a couple times over the past week having landed on my face and backside.
1906: Temperatures soar into the 60s after a warm front moves through. Grand Rapids hits 64 degrees and Lansing rises to 62, the first of three days of record highs at Lansing.
1985: A vast stream of arctic air keeps high temperatures from rising much, with highs of zero degrees at Lansing and one above at Grand Rapids, along with a bitter west wind gusting to 25 mph.
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.
Here is a look at snowfall totals in cities around the Michigan over that time period according to the National Weather Service.
- South Bend, Ind. – 36 inches
- Muskegon – 36 inches
- Jackson – 23 inches
- Saginaw – 22.5 inches
- Kalamazoo – 20 inches
- Grand Rapids – 19 inches
- Lansing – 19 inches
- Flint – 10 inches
- Detroit – 8 inches
I was in my 20s back then and as with many who were around back then I have some great stories to tell of that event.
Here is a video of blizzard conditions on Mt Washington in New Hampshire the windiest place on earth – I visited there several times when I lived in New England.
Blizzard conditions on the summit this evening! Winds were sustained around 85 mph with gusts to 110 mph! All the snow that fell with this last storm is being blown into the ravines. #Blizzard #poorvisibility #thisisawesome pic.twitter.com/I5WuDGNhk6
— MWObservatory (@MWObs) January 22, 2019