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Trains stuck in a snowstorm, record cold and blowing snow 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 28.

1880 - The daytime temperature rose to only in Detroit, which is 29° below average! Lansing also sees a record low maximum temperature of .

1904 - A snowstorm ended that caused trains to be stuck in and around Ontonagon which shut down businesses, delayed mail delivery for two days, and stranded passengers.

1976 - A record low temperature of -17° occurred at the Weather Forecast Office in


1982 - Temperatures hit 61° at Lansing, Grand Rapids and Muskegon as a spell of very mild weather continued during one of the warmest winters on record. Many records were set across the state on this date. Sault Ste. Marie sets a record with a chilly 45°, Houghton Lake 52°, Flint 60°, Detroit 60°, and Alpena 56°. Two years later, some of the cities that set records in 1982, set new and even warmer records.

1984 – Warm air across the state allows many cities to tie or break the record high temperatures set just two year earlier. Records include Grand Rapids with 65°, Lansing 65°, Alpena 56°, Detroit 64°, Flint 63°, and Houghton Lake 57°.

1987 - A winter storm produced heavy snow in the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Upper Great Lakes Region. Up to 20 inches of snow buried southern Minnesota and 20 to 40 mph northwesterly winds produced snow drifts 6 feet high, and reduced visibilities to near zero at times in blowing snow. There were 1,000 traffic accidents in Michigan during the storm, resulting in 35 injuries. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
2000 - Arctic air and deep snow cover combine to produce record low temperatures across Lower Michigan. Records include -5° at Muskegon, -9° at Grand Rapids, -18° at Lansing and -11° at Flint.

2008 - A rapidly intensifying storm system moved across Lake Michigan to the Straights area. This storm brought wind gusts up to 60 mph to all of Southeast Michigan, and wind gusts up over 70 mph to Lakes Huron, Erie and St. Clair. Numerous trees, limbs and power lines were down. In all, about 300,000 customers in Southeast Michigan lost power during the height of the winds.



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