Cold air, a ships’ hull cut by ice and heavy lake effect 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 6.
1912 - The temperature in Detroit didn't get above 5°. The day before (January 5), the temperature did the same thing. Marquette failed to reach 0° for a high temperature.
1924 - The wood, passenger and freight tug and excursion boat Thomas Friant, while carrying fishermen, had its hull cut by ice and sank during a charter fishing trip near the mouth of Knife River, MN in Lake Superior.
1999 - Heavy snow piles up on top of the snow dropped during the blizzard a few days earlier. Another 9 inches of snow at Muskegon brings the snow total on the ground to 30 inches, with snow drifts several feet high. This will be the snowiest January on record at Grand Rapids with 46.8 inches of snow and Lansing with 34.6 inches.
2002 - Cold arctic air pouring across Lake Superior on northwest winds set up bands of heavy lake effect snow over western Upper Michigan. The bands were most persistent over Gogebic and Ontonagon counties. Ironwood reported 11 inches of snowfall, Bessemer received 12 inches, and 9 inches accumulated in Rockland.