An icebox of a morning with cold spell to continue
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:23:46 GMT —
Another icebox of a morning across Northern Michigan with one spot falling all the way to -30F.
The coldest spot in our viewing area early Tuesday was at Raber in Chippewa County where the temperature dropped to that frigid -30F. Still, that is nowhere close to Michigan's all time record cold temperature set at Vanderbilt in Otsego County almost 80 years ago on on February 9th, 1934 when it dropped to -51F.
Just south of Indian River it fell to -27F with Drummond Island recording -23F. Clear Lake State Park dipped to -22F and even Roscommon recorded a temperature of -20F. On the flipside closer to Lake Michigan where we had some clouds and even a bit of lake effect snow Monday night temperatures were warmer with Frankfort sitting around 10F all night and both Manistee/Ludington around 9F above zero.
There was not a whole lot of lake effect snow as the frigid air has kept snowflake size smaller and with a wind right out of the north, that has confined snow to spots from Leelanau County south along Lake Michigan and Northern Luce County for some snow. A spot a few miles southwest of Benzonia in Benzie County got 5" of snow Monday night with a viewer writing in that Onekama in Manistee County had 1".
Going forward, light lake snow showers will continue in the same spots mentioned above, with maybe another inch or so of fluffy accumulation. Inland areas will actually see the sunshine breaking out. Even with that being the case, it will not aid in warming things up much at all as high temperatures will struggle to get out of the single digits Tuesday afternoon. North winds will persist.
A weak disturbance Wednesday will bring back clouds areawide with light snow showers breaking out. Snowfall will remain light with an inch or two forecasted. High temperatures Wednesday will be a little warmer with teens expected.