ROMULUS (AP) — Temperatures dropped to dangerous, record-breaking lows in Michigan on Tuesday, leading to the closure of hundreds of schools.
The morning low of 9 degrees below zero at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus broke the previous record low for Jan. 28 of 8 below set in 1977, the National Weather Service said. 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 said the cold was expected to ease starting Wednesday, with highs in the teens before rising into the 20s Thursday and beyond.
“It’s not much, but it’s certainly warmer,” Considine said.
The coldest readings Tuesday morning were recorded in the Upper Peninsula, where it was 18 below in Ironwood, 17 below in Menominee and 16 below in Iron Mountain. The cold extended throughout the state, with readings of 14 below in Ann Arbor.
With the wind, forecasters say it could feel like 35 below in the Upper Peninsula and 20 to 30 below zero in the Lower Peninsula. It was 8 below in Lansing and zero degrees in Grand Rapids. The high reported Tuesday morning was 8 degrees in South Haven.
The University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Central Michigan University were among schools across the state canceling classes. Hundreds of elementary, middle and high schools also were closed.
The University of Michigan said Tuesday marked the first time since 1978 that the Ann Arbor campus hasn’t had classes due to weather. The school also closed its Dearborn and Flint locations.
“While staff should plan to report as usual, we ask that supervisors be flexible and make reasonable accommodations for these extreme circumstances,” University of Michigan officials said in a statement. “Travel may be hazardous, especially on foot or by bus, and we ask that all of our colleagues remain sensitive to safety concerns.”