Michigan temperatures drop to record-breaking lows - WNEM TV 5

Michigan temperatures drop to record-breaking lows

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TV5 reporter Alana Holland holds up a frozen T-shirt. TV5 reporter Alana Holland holds up a frozen T-shirt.
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) -

Temperatures dropped to record-breaking lows in Michigan as the state faced dangerously cold weather that shuttered hundreds of schools.

In Mid-Michigan, Houghton Lake registered minus 7, with Flint at minus 7 and Saginaw at minus 5.

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect until noon Tuesday. "These frigid conditions combined with winds of 5-15 mph will give us wind chill readings between 15 to 25 degrees below zero," said TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak. "This afternoon, daytime highs will only be in the single digits. Exposure to such bitterly cold temperatures will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes."

The National Weather Service reports that Tuesday morning's low of 9 degrees below zero at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus broke the previous record low of 8 below set in 1977. With the winds, it felt like 25 to 30 degrees below zero in the Detroit area.

Meteorologist Steve Considine at the weather service office in suburban Detroit says the cold is expected to ease starting Wednesday.

The coldest readings came in the Upper Peninsula community of Ironwood, where it was 18 below, as well as 17 below in Menominee and 16 below in Iron Mountain. The cold weather extended throughout the state, with readings of 14 below in Ann Arbor.

Bodak says a warm-up is in our future, with Thursday's highs hitting the mid-20s.

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