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Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 2:40 p.m.

Bitter cold, blowing snow to replace record warmth in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Early Wednesday morning, the temperature in Ann Arbor reached a record-breaking 60 degrees. By tonight, it’ll be 40 degrees colder.

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Cold and snowy weather is about to return to the Ann Arbor area after record-breaking warmth.

The rapid falling of temperatures won’t start until after sundown, said Matt Mosteiko, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. But once the drop begins, it’ll be dramatic.

Temperatures will begin to fall about 4 to 5 degrees an hour after sundown until they bottom out around 20 degrees overnight, Mosteiko said.

The 60-degree reading recorded by University of Michigan weather observer Dennis Kahlbaum early Wednesday broke the record of 52 degrees set in 1969, Kahlbaum said. The unseasonably warm weather came with a flood watch and a couple of foggy days.

Along with the cold temperatures, we’re likely to get up to a half inch of snow overnight and winds gusting to 40 mph, Mosteiko said.

Cold, snow and wind will persist Thursday. The Ann Arbor area is expected to get another inch of snow, Mosteiko said. Winds will gust to 31 mph with temperatures steady around 21 degrees.

Temperatures will remain cold through the weekend, with lows generally in the teens and highs in the 20s until Monday, when the high is expected to be 37.

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Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 2:51 p.m.

So the old record occurred in 1969? How could that have happened? I'm confused by these weather cycles............I've been told that we need to have carbon taxes to save the planet??? This is all so confusing. I'm glad I can count on people to be able to explain that global warming is really climate change and that the Norway data shows that the amount of temperature rise was overestimated...........There's an old saying that liars figure but figures never lie


Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 1:42 a.m.

I was actually getting a little warm the last few days! Guess I had acclimated too much for Michigan !!!!


Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 12:32 a.m.

A whole half an inch!?!?! Wow I better get stocked up on canned goods and batteries. What a joke this winter has been.


Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 3:43 a.m.

I have always found smaller amounts of snow cause the roads to be slicker and people to drive like idiots more than when there is a larger, say 3 or more inches. I would also point out that the large amounts of melting snow and rain the last two days will ice over and then covered with a half inch of snow quite slick.

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 9:02 p.m.

Better plan on hitting the roads early tomorrow all, I'm guessing with the quick freeze w/ after all this rain as well as some snow we may be looking at a mess on the roads during the morning commute.


Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 9:16 p.m.

Yep Kyle.....gonna be accidents o'plenty tomorrow


Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 8:50 p.m.

All this water and a sudden freeze... get ready for some serious potholes. The roads around here are going to explode.

An Arborigine

Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 9:07 p.m.

If they can find room among the existing ones!


Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 8:50 p.m.

I'd just say, "Seasonal temperatures to replace record warmth in Ann Arbor".....


Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 8:44 p.m.

Glad I split some wood and filled the 'ole wood box today.


Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 7:54 p.m.

Better get out there now and take that springlike walk or ride.

An Arborigine

Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

Pesky job won't allow it


Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

Going home to take the dog for a long walk.

Rob Pollard

Wed, Jan 30, 2013 : 8:40 p.m.

Great idea. I'm literally doing that right now. See ya!