Mild highs, heavy snow and arctic air top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on January 11.
1890 – Temperatures reach a record high of 63° at Lansing and 66° in Detroit during one of the warmest Januarys on record.
1912 – Humboldt in western Marquette County reported a low temperature of -40°.
1979 – Arctic air and a deep snow cover combine to drop the temperature to a record low of -21° at Grand Rapids and -25° at Houghton Lake and Marquette.
1997 – An Alberta Clipper type low pressure system moved southeast from Alberta on the evening of the 8th to Lake Erie on the evening of the 9th. Northeast winds developed across Lake Superior and Upper Michigan around 4 pm on the 9th producing heavy lake effect snow across Marquette and Baraga Counties in north central Upper Michigan. The winds backed to the north then northwest during the evening of the 10th shifting the lake effect snows to west Upper Michigan, the Keweenaw Peninsula and Alger County in north central Upper Michigan. The snow diminished to flurries during the evening of the 11th. The highest snow totals were Herman in Baraga County with 29 inches and Ironwood in Gogebic County with 23 inches.
1998 – Cold west winds blowing across the relatively warm waters of Lake Superior brought a weekend of heavy lake-effect snow to northwest Upper Michigan. The snow began during the evening of the 9th and continued until the afternoon of the 11th. The highest snowfall total was at Phoenix with 20 inches in Keweenaw County. Other snowfall totals included, in Houghton County, Laurium 18 inches and Dollar Bay and Redridge 12 inches, and in Ontonagon County 17 inches at Ontonagon and Silver City.
2005 – The city of Maybee in Monroe County received 7.2 inches of snowfall from a passing snowstorm.
2008 – A strengthening low pressure system moved from the St Louis area toward Lake Huron. Heavy snow occurred just left of the track of the low. Accumulation rates of one to two inches per hour were common in the mid to late evening hours of the 10th, though these rates did not last long in any one place. Snow accumulations were six to nine inches of snow along the I-75 corridor. The highest snowfall amounts, from eight to nine inches, fell from Moran to Sault Ste. Marie.