Record cold to follow Sunday’s snowstorm

Jan. 4, 2014  PLYMOUTH VOICE.


Powerful storm system could lead to the coldest temperatures Southeast Michigan has experienced in about 20 years. Wind chill values could be as cold as -40.

Snowfall will increase in coverage tonight and early Sunday as a cold front settles into Southeast Michigan.  Low pressure tracking northeast along this front will result in additional moderate to heavy snowfall Sunday afternoon and evening.  Snowfall accumulation of 6 to 12 inches can be expected through Sunday night.

Following Sunday’s winter storm, Arctic air will blast into southeast Michigan.  The heart of the cold air will be over the region Monday through Wednesday (Jan. 6-8), when daily record low maximum and minimum temperature records could be set.  In addition to the cold air, windy conditions will create dangerously cold wind chills of 20 below zero to 40 below zero at times, with the lowest wind chills likely occurring Monday night.

The high temperature at Detroit on Tuesday will struggle to reach zero degrees.  If the high remains below zero, it will be the first time this has occurred at Detroit since 1994, and only the 6th time in history.  When considering the mean average daily temperature, the Monday-Tuesday period has the potential to be in the top 5 coldest 2-day periods of all time.

All –Time Record Low Minimum Temperatures in Detroit


-24 12/24/1872
-21 1/21/1984
-20 1/19/1994
-18 1/18/1976
-16 2/9/1934


All-Time Record Low Maximum Temperatures in Detroit


-4 1/19/1994
-3 2/9/1899
-1 1/17/1982
0 1/15/1972
1 1/18/1994


The City of Plymouth Municipal Services Department has advised that road crews will initially focus on the cities major streets and road salt use will be limited due to the anticipated extreme low temperatures.


Data: National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office

Gallery Photo: WJBK-TV | Fox 2


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