Bone chilling cold, an ice storm and blowing snow top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on January 15.
1963 - Marquette had a low temperature of -18°, the coldest temperature there since 1936. Iron Mountain and Escanaba had lows of -22° and Menominee had a low temperature of -24°.
1972 – Arctic air invades Michigan with record cold temperatures. Grand Rapids observes a record low of -15°, and Detroit and Muskegon -12°. The temperature only rises to -4° on this day, the coldest high temperature on record for the month of January at Muskegon. It is also the coldest high temperature for January at Grand Rapids, where the maximum is -3°. The daytime temperature rose to only -3° degrees in Flint. This is the second coldest maximum temperature recorded in the city of Flint! Other daily records for the cold high temperatures include Lansing with -3°, Detroit with 0°, and Houghton Lake with -3°.
1984 - Lansing plunges to -25° and Grand Rapids falls to -14° during a stretch of arctic cold. Temperatures are below zero for eight straight days at Lansing between the 14th and the 21st.
1994 – Weather Forecast Office in Marquette had a record low high temperature of -6°. Alpena observes a record low high temperature of -1°. Sault Ste. Marie sees a bone chilling high of only -12°. This is the coldest high temperature ever recorded for the city.
2003 - As a strong cold front passed over Upper Michigan during the afternoon on January 12th, lake effect snow showers developed over the west by late in the day and in the eastern lake shore counties that night. The snow belts favored by a northwest wind recorded the most snow. By the time the snow showers diminished on the 15th, snowfall totals amounted to 21 inches at Shingleton, 17 inches at Melstrand, 14 inches at Two Heart in Luce County, and 12 inches in Painesdale.
2007 - An ice storm hit the greater Flint and Metro Detroit areas. Over 150,000 customers were without power due to the ice accumulations. The storm caused an estimated $2 million in damages. The same storm also left the Tri Cities and Thumb regions with 4 to 6 inches of snow.
2011 - A low pressure system tracking from Minnesota into eastern Upper Michigan brought moderate to heavy snow and blowing snow to portions of west and central Upper Michigan from the evening of the 14th through the 15th. A spotter near Seney measured 15 inches of snow in 24 hours. North winds gusting around 30 mph at times caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow.