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Deadly fog and the coldest January day

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Deadly fog and the coldest January day 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 12.

1861 - Bishop Baraga reported a temperature of -40° at Sault Ste. Marie.

1912 - Muskegon sets their all-time record low for the month of January at -21° during their coldest month on record. Sault Ste. Marie also sets a record low of -30°.

1918 - Record cold is experienced at Lansing with -17° and Grand Rapids at -14° during one of the coldest winters on record. The Detroit area also experienced the severe cold wave. The temperature was 26° at 1am and 2am and continued to fall. It was 23° at 4am, 0° at 6am, -9 at 8am and -16° at 10am and 11am!

2005 - Dense fog blanketed Lower Michigan. Numerous highway accidents near Lansing killed two people and damaged almost 200 vehicles. At least 37 people were injured. One pileup involved 50 vehicles and necessitated the closure of 12 miles of Interstate 96 between Okemos and Webberville.