After what seems like the longest, coldest, snowiest winter that many of us can remember, we’re reluctant to get our hopes up that a spring thaw may be around the corner. And as Michiganders, we’re wise to be cautious. Take a look this article about a snow storm in the Detroit area in May, 1923.


On the morning of the 9th, a low pressure area developed along the front in northwest Ohio and moved over Lake Erie during the afternoon. The developing low pulled warmer, moist air north from the Ohio Valley and mixed with the unseasonably cold air mass over Southeast Lower Michigan. As a result, a heavy, wet snow began falling during the forenoon hours and continued through the afternoon…

The snow ended by the evening in Detroit and at 800 pm, six inches were reported on the ground. The story was even more fantastic as one traveled west and north of Detroit across Southeast Lower Michigan. Generally, six to nine inches fell  west to the Ann Arbor area, northwest through Howell, north across Pontiac and northeast up to Port Huron.

Even more incredible, snow depths of around a foot were reported at Flint and Lansing north into the Saginaw Valley. Widespread damage was reported to trees, power lines (many had a two-inch circumference of snow hanging on them) and telephone poles, especially in the Saginaw Valley.

Read the whole National Weather Service story here.

And stay warm.

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