Snow squalls, cold air and the snowiest December 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 December 17.
1876 - The daytime temperature rose to only 10° in Detroit, which is 25 degrees below average!
1963 - Lake effect snow buries Muskegon with a three day total of 34” of snow from the 16th to the 18th. This will be the snowiest December in Muskegon history with a grand total of 82.6” for the month.
1988 – Squalls brought heavy snow to the southern shores of Lake Michigan. Totals in Michigan ranged up to 14” at Harvey. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
2000 - Cold northwest winds blowing across the relatively warm waters of Lake Superior, combined with an upper air disturbance moving over the lake, produced lake effect snow showers across most of Upper Michigan overnight on the 16th and early on the 17th. The heaviest snowfall amounts occurred over the western and north-central parts. Ironwood reported 9.5 inches of new snow, 9.0 inches fell at Chatham, and 8.2 inches at Ontonagon and Chassell.