We have a wind advisory for most of the state today until 8 pm. A weather system moving through the region will bring gusty winds along with snow showers today. Temperatures will drop with icy spots possible on the roadways. We aren’t expecting much more than an inch of snow.
Yesterday’s high was 57° and the low was 34° in Otsego.
Weather History for SW Michigan
1930: What a difference a week makes. After record highs in the 70s only a week before, temperatures plunge to record low levels with high temperatures only around 15 degrees during the day.
1989: Severe weather strikes Lower Michigan with downburst winds and tornadoes. A tornado did a quarter million dollars of damage as it cut a six-mile path south of Portland in Ionia County. Another tornado caused minor damage over a three-mile-long path south of Durand in Shiawassee County.
1955: Bitterly cold arctic air is firmly entrenched across Lower Michigan. The high temperature at Lansing is only 15 degrees, after a morning low of 6. Meanwhile, a foot of lake-effect snow piles up at Muskegon.
1929: A month after the great stock market crash, it is the temperature that crashes in Lower Michigan. Record morning cold in the single digits is followed by afternoon highs only in the 10 to 15-degree range.
1960: A strong cold front moves through dropping temperatures dramatically and setting off lake-effect snow showers. The temperature stays in the 20s during the day at Muskegon, after a high of 61 degrees the day before. The freighter Francisco Morazan runs aground off South Manitou Island in northern Lake Michigan during a heavy lake-effect snow squall. All aboard are rescued by the Coast Guard in near white-out conditions.
1998: Balmy weather prevails during the final days of November, with lows in the 50s and highs in the 60s. Record highs today include the 65 degrees at Muskegon, Lansing, and Grand Rapids.
1958: November ends on a frigid note with lows in the single numbers and highs only in the lower 20s. From 6 to 10 inches of lake effect snow piles up near Lake Michigan.
1976: One of the coldest November on record ends with a blast of arctic air that drops low temperatures near zero and keeps highs only in the teens. Big Rapids falls to one degree below zero and Grand Haven measures three inches of lake-effect snow.
2006: A snow and ice storm strikes southwest Lower Michigan. From 6 to 12 inches of snowfall from Muskegon to Ludington, while an ice storm causes power outages and treacherous travel conditions from Kalamazoo to Lansing.
1976: One of the coldest winters of the 20th century gets off to an early start, continuing the persistently cold pattern that began during the autumn. Temperatures plunge to record lows of 11 degrees below zero at Grand Rapids and 2 below zero at Muskegon.
1982: Low temperatures on this day are only in the mid-50s across southwest Lower Michigan, the warmest on record for December. The afternoon temperatures are in the mid and upper 60s. Muskegon hits 64 degrees, a record high for the month of December there.
1998: An extended spell of warm weather occurs in early December with highs in the 50s and 60s the first six days of the month. Record highs are set on this date with 64 degrees at Grand Rapids and 66 degrees at Lansing.
2002: Arctic air and fresh snow cover combine to drop the temperature to 18 below zero at Lansing, setting a record for early-season cold.
Weather History for SE Michigan
On November 27, 1995, a snowstorm hit the Saginaw Valley and continued into the early morning hours of November 28. The storm left Saginaw with 11.1 inches of snow. This was on top of an already cold and snowy month. Saginaw received 23.0 inches of snow! This made November 1995 the snowiest November in Saginaw history and also the 16th snowiest month of all time in Saginaw. Remarkably, in November 1995 Saginaw is the only November to appear in the top 20 monthly snowfalls for Saginaw, Flint, or Detroit.
Also on November 27, 1989, an F1 tornado hit Shiawassee County at 6:45 PM. Talk about a late tornado for the year!
On November 28, 1991, a winter storm moving through the Great Lakes brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the Flint area, leaving 4.4″ of snow by the 28th.
On November 29, 2011, heavy rain fell across much of Southeast Michigan. The rain changed to snow during the evening and early morning hours of November 30. Between 1 and 3.5 inches of precipitation fell which helped make November 2011 and Autumn 2011 the wettest on record in Detroit. This was just another round of heavy rain in 2011 which was the wettest in Detroit’s history and the 4th wettest in Flint’s history.
Also on November 29, 1998, Flint and Saginaw had a two-day period of record highs of the same temperature with the 29th and 30th both having a temperature of 64 degrees.
On November 30th, 2011, a low-pressure system tracked northeast into the Eastern Great Lakes allowing rain to change to snow, with total accumulations of 4 to 8 inches occurring over the Tri-Cities region, Shiawassee, and Livingston Counties. Elsewhere, generally, 1 to 4 inches of wet snow fell. Some of the higher snowfall accumulations that were reported included Auburn and Perry with 8 inches, Midland 6.6 inches, Howell 6.2 inches, and Bridgeport with 6.1 inches.
On November 30, 2008, a snowstorm hit Southeast Michigan and continue into December 1. The storm mainly affected the Flint, Saginaw, and Thumb regions. The heavy, wet snow piled to 5 to 8 inches, downed trees, and power lines, and left about 25,000 customers without power. Some of the higher snowfall totals included 8.6 inches in Marlette, 7.0 inches near Chesaning, and 6.0 inches in Perry.
On November 30, 1999, cold air poured into the Great Lakes, as high pressure moved southeast from central Canada, producing several bands of lake effect snow over Lake Huron. One of the bands to move onto the eastern shore of Michigan Thumb. Measurable snow fell from Huron City, south to Marine City. Heavy snow fell from Port Sanilac to Port Huron, 7 inches accumulated during the morning.
On November 30, 1940, a snowstorm left Saginaw with 11.9 inches of snow, Flint with 7.8 inches of snow, and Detroit with 3.8 inches of snow.
On December 1, 1974, 19.3 inches of snow fell in Detroit. This was the second-highest snowfall ever recorded in the city.
On December 2, 1976, there were record lows in Detroit on the 2nd with -2 degrees and the 3rd with -3 degrees, in Flint on the 2nd with -5 degrees, and in Saginaw on the 2nd with 3 degrees.
On December 3, 2002, Flint had a record low of -8 degrees. The next day, Flint had another record low of -4 degrees.
Also on December 3, 1982, Detroit reached 68 degrees, Flint was 67 degrees and Saginaw reached 63 degrees. All are records for the date. This was the second day in a row that all three sites had record highs. This was the start of a very warm December. December 1982 was the warmest on record for Flint, the second warmest for Saginaw, and the 6th warmest for Detroit.
-- Windy With Lake Effect Snow Showers Today -- The well anticipated cold front has cleared the area and cold air advection will rule until late this evening. We will also be in the core of the upper level low with the cyclonicly curved jet to our south, until the wave rapidly departs and ridging and subsidence shut down lake effect overnight. HREF member models disagree on the amount of upstream moisture from Wisconsin today, and also somewhat on the timing and extent that the convective boundary layer inversion height will rise into the DGZ. The HRRR is the most robust solution with more upstream moisture, high inversion heights, and thus more lake effect snow. Generally the HRRR does well with the overall character of lake effect snow but the question of upstream moisture still remains as that would affect the amount of snow we see today. It`s hard not to forecast lake effect snow in this setup given how widespread cloud cover extends back into Minnesota, and clouds are expected within the DGZ downstream of Lake Michigan between later this morning and this evening, with upward vertical motion mostly through convection but also at least some upward vertical motion tendency from the synoptic airflow for part of the day. Due to the strength of the westerly winds, the heaviest snowfall should be displaced inland a ways, focused near US-131 and maybe even a little east of there. The cold temperatures following the warm weather yesterday would support some icy patches forming on pavement where accumulations over a half inch occur, it`s just questionable how widespread those amounts will be. If a sufficient depth of accumulation falls, local blowing snow may also be a concern. Winds will be blustery all day, keeping wind chills in the teens. Gusts should peak around 45 mph this afternoon. -- Another Low Pressure System Late This Week -- A progressive synoptic upper-level wave pattern through the CONUS will bring us almost a repeat in the up-and-down weather Friday to Saturday, but with some differences. The next wave is less sharp, though still robust with strong kinematics, developing another quick-moving and moderately deep low near/north of Lake Superior. Temperatures here should climb into the 40s and possibly 50s again with strong warm-air advection late Friday, then crash back into the 30s to 20s Saturday. This low should have less moisture to work with, and though the number of ECMWF/GFS/Canadian ensemble members printing at least 0.1 inch QPF has increased, the median QPF so far is lower than what we just had with the ongoing cyclone. The median wind gusts among the ensembles are also pretty similar for Saturday compared to what is happening today.