GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Cold weather records continue to fall across West Michigan and more brutal cold is on the way.
Friday morning’s low of -13 degrees in Grand Rapids tied the existing record low set in 1966. Hundreds of schools closed due to the extremely cold temperatures with wind chills colder than -20 degrees.
Thursday’s high of 7 degrees in Grand Rapids was a new record for the coldest high temperature for the date, and we’re already on pace for this to be one of the coldest February months ever.
We’ll briefly warm to the upper 20s on Saturday before plunging back into the deep freeze with more Arctic air this week.
Lake Michigan is lagging behind the other four Great Lakes’ ice cover with 54% coverage. The Great Lakes’ total ice cover is 85% right now and expected to grow.
Another Arctic air mass is headed to West Michigan that could be just as cold or colder for the Great Lakes region next week.
Friday morning Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Matt Kirkwood tried a science experiment on the coldest morning of the season so far. He soaked an outfit in water and left it outside in the bitter cold for about an hour. Watch what happened next by clicking on the video player below or click here.