Record lows obliterated early Friday morning

A viewer sent us this picture of a thermometer in their backyard early Friday showing almost -34F below zero.

One of the coldest nights in the past decade took over Northern Michigan with a -40F reported in Kalkaska County.

Officially, Gaylord and Pellston broke record low temperatures early Friday. Pellston dipped to -33F at the airport shattering the old record of -22F set in 1963. Gaylord obliterated its old record by falling to -29F, a remarkable 17 degrees below the old record of -12F set in 2008.

Dozens of viewers wrote in with temperature readings overnight with many reports down below -30F. Here are a few unofficial reports. Again, there certainly have been other spots just as cold if not colder, but these are ones that viewers emailed me or tweeted me @joecharlevoix on Twitter.

Big Twin Lake (Kalkaska County): -40F

Moorestown: -39F

Gaylord Country Club: -36F

South of Fife Lake: -34.5F

Pellston: -34F

Topinabee: -33F

Meauwataka: -33F

Between Higgins Lake and Grayling: -32

Otsego Lake: -31F

Grayling: -30F

Wolverine: -24F

Raber: -29F

Williamsburg: -23F

Alanson: -20F

That -40F at Big Twin Lake is only 11 degrees from the all-time state record set back a little over 80 years ago on February 9th, 1934 at Vanderbilt when it dropped to -51F.

Temperatures will improve, with highs climbing back into the 10-15F degree range above zero Friday afternoon thanks to a south wind. We will see a little snow Friday night with 2-3" possible in the Straits region with lighter amounts elsewhere. While not as cold as the numbers listed above, temperatures this weekend will remain below normal with highs into the teens.