Record snow, an ice storm and record temperatures top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on January 27.
1885 – A low temperature of -30° occurred in Calumet with a high only around -15°.
1967 – Chicago’s greatest snowstorm on record also extends into Lower Michigan, where Battle Creek records 28.6” of snow. The storm total at Lansing is 23” and 18” at Grand Rapids. The eastern part of the state wasn’t left out as a blizzard hit the Saginaw Valley, Thumb and Flint areas. By the time the snow ended, 16.9” of snow had piled up in Saginaw, and Flint was buried under 22.7” of snow! This storm was biggest snowfall in Flint history, and the third largest in Saginaw history.
1994 – A snow and ice storm brings travel to a halt across Lower Michigan. Freezing rain causes widespread power outages and results in 5 million dollars damage.
1996 – Low pressure moved across Eastern Wisconsin, Northern Lake Michigan and Eastern Upper Michigan on the 27th. Heavy snow developed over Central Upper Michigan around 8 pm on the 26th and spread to West Upper Michigan during the night. Strong northeast winds brought lake-enhanced snow from Lake Superior to Central Upper Michigan. This significantly increased snowfall amounts over Marquette County where 28 inches of snow fell at Champion and Skandia, 25 inches fell at Marquette and 20 inches fell at Gwinn. Most locations across West and Central Upper Michigan had storm totals between 8 and 14 inches. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph, created blizzard conditions during the day on the 27th, closing major highways, most businesses and forcing plows off the roads. Several motorists were stranded for a few hours during the late morning and early afternoon, due to blowing and drifting snow, on US41 between Marquette and Harvey. WFO Marquette had 23.7 inches of snow in a 15 hour period between the 26th, 27th and a record 1.27 inches of water equivalent and 15.4 inches of snow on this day while Skandia had 28 inches of storm total snowfall from the 26-27th snowstorm. Wind gusts to 40 mph built up huge snow drifts.
2002 – The daytime temperature rose to 56° in Flint, setting the record high for this day. Curiously enough, the very next year on this day (January 27, 2003), the temperature fell to -11°, setting the record low for the day.