Cold days to follow as Metro Detroit digs out from record snowfall


Detroit – In southeast Michigan, snow fell all night, and the 7.2 inches of snow recorded in Detroit on Monday exceeded a record set back in 1898 by more than two inches.

The National Weather Service says the previous snowfall record was for February 15, 1898 when there was 5 inches of snow. The old record lasted 123 years.

On Tuesday morning, it continued to snow in Metro Detroit and the Thumb area.

Metro Detroit saw 10 inches of snow over a period of approximately 30 hours, stretching from early Monday morning to early Tuesday, said Alex Manion, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

This is in line with the top-end estimates released over the weekend.

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The storm system threw snow over much of southeast Michigan and neared the borders of Ohio and Indiana. The 24-hour total of snow at 7 a.m. was measured at 8.3 inches at Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus. Likewise, Genesee County reported 8.3 inches and Ann Arbor reported 6.8 inches at 7:30 a.m.

Litchfield in Hillsdale County reports 8 inches down while Cass City reports 7 inches in the Thumb area.

At one point, Manion said there were active winter weather warnings Monday, stretching from Texas across the Central Plains to southern Michigan to Maine.

“You usually don’t see a weather map with warnings in a third of the country,” Manion said.

The National Weather Service Prediction Center anticipates that the system of arctic high pressure over America will produce “numerous record high and low temperatures” on Tuesday, primarily in the southern central states of the United States

The daily lows drop “35 to 45 degrees below normal” in some places.

The snowfall that just hit Michigan will go to the northeastern United States before landing in eastern Canada.

But the polar jet stream over the southern US is “really stagnant” and there will be more cold weather on Tuesday, Manion said. This jet stream caused “unusually cold air” to drive south and park there.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area could get two to six inches of snow.

The cold air should come in from the south by the end of the week, Manion said.

Road conditions

The Michigan Department of Transportation closed Interstate 75 south in Joslyn, Oakland County, for about an hour due to multiple accidents. The MDOT camera showed several vehicles off the road.

MDOT camera view of Interstate 75 near Joslyn which closed due to accidents shortly after 9 a.m.

Aside from minor accidents and a few fender bends, Michigan state police said most drivers heeded Monday night’s weather warnings and stayed home.

The spokesman for the State Police, Lt. Michael Shaw, urged those who do decide to go out to keep their speed low while driving and maintain a safe distance from other drivers.

“Take your time, no matter how many bikes you have,” urged Shaw early Tuesday. “Ice is ice.”

Shaw said many motorists wait to see pavement before heading out, but he warned them to drive considering the weather conditions.

“Everything blows over and then freezes,” Shaw said, adding that the scorching cold temperatures make the salt less effective.

Shaw says first responders and emergency responders are seeing more problems in the neighborhood.

“I pushed out five cars myself that shut down Woodward in town,” Shaw said. “It will take some time (to dig out of the snow).

Traffic and pedestrians make slow progress on Second Street as Detroit digs for record snowfall on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s MiDrive map shows few incidents on Metro Detroit freeways.


While the heaviest snow has passed, a winter storm warning still applies until noon. Snow flurries were still falling in the region early Tuesday.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are cold and the high temperatures are only expected to reach 16 and 20 degrees respectively. Temperatures will drop to negative single digits Tuesday night through Wednesday, Manion said.

The next chance for snow? Thursday when, according to the weather service, accumulation is expected.

Power outages

While Texas experienced massive blackouts due to winter weather, Michigan was doing better.

DTE Energy, utility for 2.2 million homes and businesses in southeast Michigan, reported just 253 outages on Tuesday morning.

Consumers Energy, which powers 6.6 million customers in the United States, reports only 5 outages.


► Many schools in the Metro Detroit area are closed during the day. You can find a list here.

► In-person courses have been canceled at Wayne State University and the universities in Oakland and Eastern Michigan. The online work continues, Wayne State and Oakland officials tweeted. But all activities and courses are canceled at both WWU and the University of Toledo.

The Wayne County Third Court announced Tuesday, “Due to weather conditions, the court will only deal with remote matters today. All personal matters will be rescheduled. Employees who are to work on-site must contact their supervisor for assignments . ” “”

► At the 36th Detroit District Court: “Personal affairs for February 16, 2021 have been postponed due to today’s winter storm. All virtual hearings will be held as scheduled. For more updates and information, please visit the court’s website at


Dusty Kennedy