Metro Detroit on pace to have snowiest January on record

Tom Greenwood — Detroit News Jan 17, 2014

Metro Detroit is on track to break the record for the snowiest January on record set at 29 inches back in 1978.

The 3 ½ inches of snow that fell Thursday night and early Friday morning brings the total to 26 inches for this January, and more snow is on the way.

Elliott said Metro Airport recorded the 3 ½inches whereas White Lake Township received 4 inches as did Flint.

“We have snow showers developing on Saturday and Sunday, which might bring in another half-inch to an inch,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Deb Elliott.

The first of the week is expected to bring wicked cold due a cold mass sweeping in from the arctic.

“The bottom will fall out on temps again on Tuesday and Wednesday,” Elliott said. “We’re looking at highs in the single digits and below-zero temperatures at night.”

Meanwhile, the Weather Channel has ranked America’s 20 Coldest Major Cities, slotting Detroit in the No. 12 spot with an average temp of 27.9 degrees in December through February. Minneapolis/St. Paul took the coldest honor with average temp of 18.7 degrees in those months. The Weather Channel used 30-year average temperatures from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

Eyes on the road

Metro area freeways were wet but wide open Friday, but commuters faced a number of fender benders and spinouts early on.

One of the more serious crashes occurred at about 6 a.m. on southbound Interstate 75 at Greendale (between McNichols and Seven Mile) when a car and an SUV overturned, blocking all but one lane.

Crashes were also recorded on eastbound I-94 at Fletcher Road involving two vehicles that blocked the left lane, and on I-96 at Milford Road at 7 a.m. involving one vehicle that blocked the right lane.

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