Four foot snow drifts and subzero highs 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 22.
1883 – Bitter cold arctic air sends the temperature down to -14° zero at Lansing and -8° at Detroit. The high for the day at Lansing is -4°, the coldest high temperature ever in the month of January and even the entire year.
2005 – An extremely strong “Alberta Clipper” storm system moved through Southern Lower Michigan. A blizzard drops a foot of snow across southern Lower Michigan with strong winds creating drifts up to 4 feet deep. This storm dropped 10 to 12 inches across most of the Thumb and Metro Detroit regions. Port Hope in Huron County received a whopping 15.5 inches of snow.