Record Rains Friday, Record Highs Saturday

Posted at 9:03 PM, Jan 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-11 21:03:21-05

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) —  Our unusual winter weather continued Friday across West Michigan with near-record highs and record-setting rainfall.

In Grand Rapids, Friday’s rainfall total was 0.58″. This broke the old record of 0.51″, set in 1905.  Muskegon too broke a record for daily rainfall. They received 0.84″, breaking the old record of 0.63″, set in 1991.

Temperatures on Friday fell just short of record levels. In Grand Rapids, the high was 53 degrees, just shy of the record high of 55 degrees set in 1980.  Muskegon had a high temperature of 51 degrees. The record for January 11 is 56, set just last year in 2012.  Grand Rapids had a high of 50 one year ago today.

Records will likely be broken on Saturday, at least in Grand Rapids. The record high is 55 degrees, set in 2005.  FOX 17 is forecasting a high of 60 for Grand Rapids. It may be a little harder to break the record in Muskegon, since the record high for January 12 is 59, also set in 2005.

Despite the springlike weather Saturday, it’s back to winter Saturday night and Sunday. There is a chance of some freezing rain, sleet, and snow overnight Saturday night. The wintry mix will change to all snow Sunday. Although accumulations will be light, there will likely be some icy spots on area roadways.

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