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Record cold, heavy snow and an ice storm 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 1.

1876 - The year begins during a three day spell of record warmth. Lansing hits 65°, after setting a record of 70° the day before. The New Year was a nice welcome for Detroit when it came in with a record high temperature of 65°.

1864 - The high temperature was -18° and low was -31° in Marquette. Mines to the west had low temperatures of -35°.

1964 - Arctic air sets record lows across Lower Michigan on this New Year’s Day. The temperature falls to a record -15° at Grand Rapids. Lansing dips to -13° and Muskegon hits -9°, these readings are cold, but not records for the date.
1985 - A severe ice storm struck southern Lower Michigan as a layer of ice up to one inch thick downed tree limbs and power lines. There were three deaths and eight injuries directly related to the ice storm. Over 430,000 electrical customers were without power, some for as long as 10 days. Total damage was estimated at nearly $50 million.

2002 - Lake effect snow showers formed over Alger, Luce and northern Schoolcraft counties. Twenty-four hour snow accumulations included 13 inches in McMillan and Seney, 14 inches at Shingleton, and 18 inches in Au Train.

2008 - Arctic air in the wake of a strong cold front produced heavy lake effect snow showers on the 1st and 2nd across portions of west and north central Upper Michigan. A spotter in Rockland measured 15.4 inches of snow in 13 hours on the 1st. A snowy start to the New Year when a compact, but potent winter storm hit southeast Michigan. Detroit received 4 inches of snow, and Saginaw only had 2 to 3 inches, but in between a heavy band of snow left 8 to 16 inches. Storm totals included 9.6 in Flint, 10.5 in Ann Arbor, 12 in Brighton, 13.2 in White Lake, and 16 inches in Clarkston, Lake Orion, Dryden and Capac!

2012 - A deepening low pressure system lifting northeast of the Upper Great Lakes generated storm force winds over portions of Lake Superior from the evening of the 1st into the early morning of the 2nd. Winds gusted at storm force throughout the period at Granite Island Light in Lake Superior with a peak wind gust of 57 knots at 1 am on the 2nd. Winds gusted above storm force at Rock of Ages Light throughout the period with a peak gust of 53 knots at 4 am on the 2nd.

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