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Air from the North Pole on its way, snowfall records set in parts of Michigan

The snow hasn't quite reached Lola's belly yet - 10:30 p.m. in Grand Rapids
Lindsey Smith
Michigan Radio
Lola enjoying the snow in Michigan.

Extreme cold temperatures are coming our way again.

The National Weather Service says this round of cold air, which will be with us through midday Wednesday, is coming from a very cold place.

The air mass and the associated surface high pressure with it is literally coming from the North Pole and heading nearly due south into the central U.S. by Tuesday. Widespread subzero lows are expected north of the Ohio River by this time, and subfreezing highs are expected well into the Deep South.

And with cold temperatures, comes snow.

We normally get around a foot of snow in southeast Michigan for the month of January. But this year the Flint and Detroit areas set snowfall records for the month.

  • Detroit area snowfall through 7 p.m. last night – 34.6 inches (previous record 29.6 inches in 1978)
  • Flint area snowfall through 7 p.m. last night – 31.6 inches (previous record 28.5 inches in 1976)

That's just looking at January, we haven't set the record for "snowiest month" yet, but we're getting close:

Snowiest months in Michigan
Credit NWS
Snowiest months in Michigan

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