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Snow drifts, an ice storm and record cold

Almanac 10 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Almanac 10 March 2014 Click on image for a larger view
Grand Rapids Weather Examiner

Snow drifts, an ice storm and record cold 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 March 10.

1885 - A low temperature of -10° occurred in Ishpeming.

1901 - An ice storm across southwest Lower Michigan caused thousands of dollars in damage, and paralyzed telephone, telegraph, news wires and railroads. Streams were swollen as rain fell onto frozen ground, resulting in many washouts and accidents. Similar conditions were also reported for St. Joseph, Grand Haven, Ionia, Coldwater and Kalamazoo.

1992 - Roughly 6.9 inches of snowfall fell and wind speeds of 19mph were experienced with a winter storm that moved through Flint.

1993 - A snowstorm drops 6 to 8 inches of snow across southwest Lower Michigan. Record daily snowfall includes 6.2 inches at Grand Rapids and 6.4 inches at Muskegon.

2002 - A powerful winter storm brought freezing rain, sleet and rain over the U.P. Local flooding was reported on many roads due to snowmelt and rain. Storm force northwest winds occurred on Lake Superior with winds over 40 mph across much of the U.P. Blizzard conditions made driving almost impossible. Lake effect snow combined with the strong winds that gusted over 60 mph caused widespread whiteouts. Power outages occurred with downed power lines, and numerous minor traffic accidents were reported. Some roads were closed when snowplow crews could not keep up with the snow and blowing snow. A 1/4 inch of ice fell in Felch, Bark River, and over most of Iron, Alger and Schoolcraft Counties. A combination of sleet and freezing rain left an accumulation of ice varying from 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick in Menominee County. Newberry reported a 1/2 inch accumulation of ice from the freezing rain. Ironwood and Bessemer reported 8 inches of new snow in 12 hours. Rockland received 10 inches of snow in 24 hours, 11 inches of new snow fell in Herman. Ten inches of snowfall in 24 hours was measured at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette with blizzard conditions reported over the west half of Marquette County. Seney reported 8 to 10 inches of snow with 2 to 3 foot drifts. Shingleton reported 9 inches of snow and Newberry 14 inches. High winds of 50 to 60 mph knocked down trees and power lines and caused blizzard conditions in Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Marquette, Alger, Luce and Schoolcraft Counties. Some main highways were closed because of zero visibility and snow drifts blocking the road.

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