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Record-setting warmth spreads across Northern Michigan, but cold is coming

Tuesday was just an incredible day all across Northern Michigan. It was a day to get outside and soak up the sunshine.

Record high temperatures were set for all our main climate reporting stations.

All the daily record highs were broken as well as the all-time record highs for the month of February!


Traverse City and Alpena both reached at least 70 degrees! Something that has never been recorded at either site during the month of February.

The previous earliest 70-degree day at Traverse City and Alpena was on March 7th, 2000!

Most areas didn’t just break their records by a degree or two but shattered them by more than 10 degrees.

Houghton Lake crushed their old record by 13 degrees; Traverse blew their old record away by 16 degrees.


Today’s warmth was unprecedented with most sites exceeding their all-time record February highs by at least 5 degrees.

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Here’s a list of highs from across the region: Rapid City 72, East Jordan 72, Silver Creek 71, Roscommon 71, West Branch 71, Burt Lake 71, Atlanta 71, Indian River 71, Rogers City 71, Mancelona 70, Petoskey 69, Lelan 69, Grayling 69, Kalkaska 68, Fife Lake 68, Charlevoix 68, Northport 68, and Manistee 66.

The warmth is not going to last. A surge of bitter cold is forecast to start moving in early Wednesday morning.

It’s a quick switch back to winter with snow, ice, falling temps, strong winds, and brief whiteouts all expected.

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