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Snow squalls, blizzard conditions and record highs 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 8.

1880 - Temperatures remain above freezing for the fifth consecutive day during the warmest January on record at Lansing.

1965 - A southwesterly flow out ahead of a strong cold front brought record high temperatures from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. Temperatures soar to record highs of 59° at Grand Rapids and Lansing and 55° at Muskegon. After the cold front moves through, temperatures will only reach the 20s the next day. On the east side of the state Detroit observes a record 62° and Flint 60°.

1989 - Strong northwesterly winds and bitterly cold temperatures prevailed in the north central U.S. Winds in the Great Lakes Region gusted to 63 mph at Niagara Falls, NY and 58 mph at Chicago, IL. Squalls in western New York State produced 20 inches of snow at Barnes Corners and Lowville. Snow squalls in Upper Michigan produced 26 inches around Keweenaw. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
2004 - Arctic high pressure building in the northern plains pushed cold air across Lake Superior and Upper Michigan. In the lake effect snow belts of the Keweenaw Peninsula, blizzard conditions developed as strong gusty winds along with falling and blowing snow frequently reduced visibilities to near zero. Temperatures fell below zero and wind chills dropped to as low as 35 below zero during the morning on 6th. Snow accumulations of up to a foot were common over the Keweenaw Peninsula and Ontonagon County, and Phoenix measured 14 inches during this two day blizzard. An additional 6 inches of snow fell at Phoenix on the 7th and 8th to boost the storm total to 20 inches. Over areas east of Marquette, the lake effect snow intensity picked up on the 6th and continued into the 8th. Most places near Lake Superior east of Munising saw at least 6 inches of new snow, and as much as 20 inches buried Two Heart in Luce County. Travel across much of northern Upper Michigan was hampered by low visibilities in blowing and drifting snow. Numerous schools and businesses were closed in the affected areas.

2005 - The city of Samaria in Monroe County received 6.0 inches of snow when a snowstorm hit the area.

2010 - Colder moist air moving across Lake Superior generated moderate to heavy lake effect snow over portions of Gogebic and Ontonagon counties on the 7th and 8th. The observer in Ironwood measured 11 inches of snow in 24 hours.

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