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Brutal cold, record rain and heavy snow

Almanac 3 January 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 3 January 2014 Click on image for a larger viewGrand Rapids Weather Examiner

Brutal cold, record rain and heavy 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 3.

1879 - The second day in a row of record lows were reported at Detroit Metro. Today's temperature was a cold 15 degrees below zero! Lansing has an even colder record with 16° below zero.

1897 - Warm and wet weather prevails as a cold front approaches. High temperatures in the 50s are followed by heavy rain. This is the wettest January day on record at Muskegon, with 4.90 inches of rain; Sault Ste. Marie also sees their wettest January day with 1.61 inches. Grand Rapids sets a daily record with 1.5 inches.

1918 - The temperature falls to a record low of 16 below zero at Muskegon during one of the coldest months on record in Lower Michigan.

1999 - A daily record snowfall of 16.6 inches occurred at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. Grand Rapids also observes a daily snowfall record of 9.1 inches after logging a daily record 6.4 inches in the second.