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Heavy snow, blowing snow and warm lows

Almanac 25 February 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 25 February 2014 Click on image for a larger viewGrand Rapids Weather Examiner

Heavy snow, blowing snow and warm lows 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 February 25.

1957 - Mild and rainy weather prevails with lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s. The low of 47° at Grand Rapids sets a record for the warmest low temperature for the date. Muskegon also establishes a record for the warmest low temperature with 43°. Other warm lows include Lansing 46°, Alpena 37°, Detroit 48°, and Houghton Lake 37°. Over an inch of rain falls as a cold front moves through.

1935 – A storm moving across Michigan produces record daily snowfall. Muskegon picks up 9” and Grand Rapids 8.1”.

1965 - A snowstorm left all of Southeast Michigan covered under nearly a foot of snow. Saginaw received 17.9 inches, Flint had 12.9 inches, and Detroit had 11.0 inches.

2002 - An area of low pressure from the Central Plains moved northeast across Lake Michigan and Lower Michigan, bringing heavy snows to West and Central Upper Michigan. Snowfall totals included 10 inches in Bessemer, Rockland and Ishpeming, 9 inches in Herman, and 8 inches in Toivola and Caspian. The snow began on the 24th in the morning and lasted into the 25th early in the morning.

2006 - A strong low pressure system originating over the Northern Rockies brought heavy snow to much of west and central Upper Michigan on the evening of the 24th and morning of the 25th. 12-hour snowfall amounts included 7 inches at Fortune Lake and Norway, 8 inches at Watersmeet and Bergland and 9 inches at Amasa. 24-hour totals included 8 inches at Cooks, 9 inches at Spalding in Menominee County, 10 inches at Herman, 11 inches at Gladstone and the National Weather Service in Marquette, 12 inches at Kenton and 14 inches each at Chatham and 5 miles west of Michigamme.

2007 - Low pressure originating in the Plains moved into the Great Lakes and dumped heavy snow over much of central Upper Michigan on the 25th and 26th. Strong east winds gusting to 35 mph accompanied the storm system and caused extensive blowing snow and near blizzard conditions over the Keweenaw Peninsula and along Green Bay. The storm forced the closure of numerous schools throughout central Upper Michigan on the 26th. Eight-hour snowfall total of 9 inches was observed in Menominee with 6-8 inches reported at Daggett.