Michigan’s coldest temperature ever in April

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The temperature at Stambaugh in the U.P. dropped to a bone-chilling 24 below zero this (Sun.) AM. If that hold up, it will be the coldest temperature EVER recorded in Michigan during the month of April. That reading broke the old Michigan April record by a whopping 7 degrees!

Above is a look at more low temperatures from Upper Michigan this AM.  Many weather stations in the U.P. were below zero this AM.  Here’s the Sun. AM snow depth reports from the U.P. and N. Lower MI:  37″ Painesdale, 34″ Grand Marais, 33″ Munising, 32″ Hoist Basin, 30″ Hancock, 26″ Houghton, Calumet, Ishpeming, 20″ Marquette, Greenland, 19″ Newberry, 17″ S. Ste. Marie and Jacobsville, 15″ Sawyer AFB and Rapid River, 14″ Michigamme and Cooks, 12″ Champion, Arnold, Charlevoix and E. Jordan (most in Lower MI), 11″ Garden Corners, 10″ Gladstone, Fife Lake and Gaylord, 9″ Manistique, Escanaba, Rogers City, 8″ Ontonagon, Green Garden, Lewiston, 7″ Alpena and Kingsley, 6″ Big Rapids, 5″ E. Tawas and Moran, 4″ St. Ignace, Traverse City, Harbor Springs and Scottville, 3″ Houghton Lake, Beulah, Detour Village, Glennie and West Branch, 2″ Hart, 1″ Gladwin, Fremont.

Record cold temperatures were also set in Lower Michigan where there was snow on the ground.  Big Rapids dipped to +1, Cadillac bottomed out at -3 and Baldwin dropped all the way down to -7. Other morning low temps:  Leota (Clare Co.) -4°, Houghton Lake and Manistee +3°, Mecosta +5°, Muskegon 14°, Battle Creek 15°, Grand Rapids 16°. The record low temp. for Sunday in G.R. was +7° in 1982. That followed a +3° the day before and those are the two coldest mornings ever in G.R. in April. 

Above is the webcam from the Observatory in Fremont, looking south shortly before sunset. Despite full sun, we still couldn’t melt the snow today as afternoon temperatures held in the 30s, nearly 20° colder than average. 

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