While one of colder nights of the winter will be upon us Monday night, it is nowhere close to the temperatures 80 years ago this past weekend.
It was on February 9, 1934 that Vanderbilt in Otsego County set what is still the all-time coldest temperature for the state. The thermometer dropped the morning of the 9th all the way down to a place it still has not returned (at least in Michigan) to a numbing -51F. Ironically, just two years later in July of 1936 the hottest temperature was recorded at Mio in Oscoda County at 112F. Both of these records stand to this day.
Unseasonable cold will be the weather story Monday into Monday night. With a few flurries passing by, temperatures Monday will struggle to get much warmer than 10F or so. High pressure over the Northern Plains will push in Monday night helping to scour out the clouds and lighten up the wind. That will set the table for a dramatic drop in temperature with a range of 6F above zero around Manistee/Ludington to a chilly -15F to -20F inland around Grayling and interior parts of the Eastern Upper Peninsula.
There will be noticeably more sunshine Tuesday with highs in the teens. Our next shot at some snow will be Wednesday as a weakening cold front arrives. Some light snow will sweep in late Wednesday morning and fall apart later in the day with maybe an inch or two possible.
Meanwhile, a significant winter storm is expected to ravage parts of the Southeastern U.S. with the governor of Georgia issuing a weather related state of emergency for 14 counties around Atlanta where snow/sleet/ice are expected. Even Charlotte, North Carolina could see upwards of a foot of snow midweek.