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Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 7:16 a.m.

Coldest temperature of the year recorded Friday morning

By Paula Gardner

Now it feels like January.

The Ann Arbor area experienced its coldest temperature of the year - so far - overnight, when the National Weather Service recorded 0 degrees.

The reading climbed to 2 degrees by 7 a.m. as more people joined the morning commute.

That's the second single-digit low reading of 2012, which had been warmer than usual until Thursday, when a low of 1 was recorded. Prior to that, the month's lows were in double-digits, including two days at or above freezing.

The normal low for January is 17, while the record is -14, set in 1985.

We can expect a warm-up to about 18 today, according to forecasts.

Next up: Snow.

It's supposed to cloud over by about 4 p.m. then we'll see snowfall.

As we reported Thursday:

Friday’s evening rush hour could get ugly. Forecasters expect 1 to 2 inches of snow during the day Friday and another 2 to 4 inches Friday night. Forecasters’ best guess for a snowfall total is 4 inches for the Ann Arbor area, but it could range anywhere from 3 to 6 inches before it ends sometime around midnight.

Read's weather page.

Paula Gardner is News Director of Reach her by email or follow her on Twitter.



Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

Oh boy, another fun filled evening of being stuck behind the "I forget how to drive in snow each year" driver...should start downloading my audiobook now for the 5 pm... 25 mph the LEFT lane.


Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 2:16 p.m.

Is the apparent water main break on Plymouth Road between Green and Nixon related to the cold? (Coupled with a traffic light problem at the Plymouth Road exit from N 23, traffic is backed up from miles. Took me 35 minutes to get from NB 23 to Plymouth/Huron Parkway, arriving at 8:50.)

Rork Kuick

Fri, Jan 20, 2012 : 12:46 p.m.

Normal means average rather than median today. By Darwin's liver, even the weather page says "normal", but drilling down it admits it is the average.