Snowiest January in Detroit, Chicago Moving Up List

By Michael Doll, Meteorologist
January 26, 2014; 8:15 AM ET
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This January is now Detroit's snowiest on record, and another clipper system this weekend will only increase that total in Detroit and elsewhere across the Midwest.

Snowfall overnight Friday through Saturday pushed the month's snowfall total in Detroit to 31.9 inches, breaking the previous snowiest January record of 29.6 inches from 1978.

This January is also now Detroit's third all-time snowiest month. At the top of that list is February 1908 and its 38.4 inches.

The snow Chicago picked up Sunday morning made this month the city's third snowiest January on record with a total of 32.5 inches.

The above totals for January 2014 are through early Sunday morning.

This month is the second snowiest in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, Ind., with 26.9 inches and 26.5 inches respectively. Those snow totals are through Saturday evening.

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A clipper system that brought snow to Chicago Sunday morning will cause the month's snow totals in other cities across the Great Lakes to increase as this weekend comes to an end.

While snowfall records might be nice for posterity, the new snow will create more problems on the roads for travelers this Sunday.

A fresh coating of 1-3 inches of snow is expected on Interstates 65, 69, 80, 90 and 94.

The falling snow will reduce visibility and gusty winds will create blowing and drifting, which will further exacerbate the situation.

Snowy weather was blamed in a fatal, multi-vehicle crash in northwestern Indiana this past Thursday.

Extreme caution should be exercised this weekend across the Midwest as roads will become snow covered and hazardous.

Flight delays are also likely across the Midwest due to de-icing and snow removal operations at the airports.

After the weekend snow, a blast of brutally cold air will move in and cause temperatures to plunge below zero from the northern Plains to the Midwest.

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