This brutal winter has set several records in terms of temperature and snowfall and the odds are Feb. 28, 2014, will be another one for the record books.
The current record low for Feb. 28 is 1 below zero set 10 years ago. That record is set to be blown away by the arctic winds spinning through the region. By 7 a.m., temps are expected to drop to 9 below, said Dave Kook, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.
“With the wind chill, we’ll be minus 15 to minus 20,” Kook said. “We’ll reach the coldest temperatures right around sunrise.”
The coldest day ever on record in southeastern Michigan was minus 21, which was set Jan. 21, 1984.
Meanwhile on Thursday, winds and blowing snow created whiteout conditions in parts of Michigan, prompting Upper Peninsula highway closures.
Michigan State Police report that M-28 between Marquette and Munising was shut down Thursday morning. That follows the closure for part of Wednesday of U.S.-2 near St. Ignace.
The snow comes as bitterly cold temperatures linger across the state, with readings ranging from 8 below zero in Houghton in the Upper Peninsula to the teens in parts of the Lower Peninsula. The cold is expected to last through the weekend.
In West Michigan, the National Weather Service reports the area got about 3 inches of snow. Winds gusting to 30 mph made visibility poor at times, and the wind chill temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees below zero. Some school closings are reported.
Spring officially arrives March 20.
The Associated Press contributed.