Spring-like weather, record cold and blowing snow top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the events that happened on Feb. 27.
In 1976, temperatures soar to the upper 60s during a spell of spring-like weather during the last week of February. Record highs include 62 degrees at Muskegon and 67 degrees at Grand Rapids. Lansing reaches 62 degrees, just shy of the record 64 degrees set in 1867. Detroit also sees a record 63 degrees on this day.
Temperatures plummet to readings well below 0 degrees as high pressure settles into the Great Lakes from Canada in 1994. Record lows include minus 12 degrees at Grand Rapids, minus 11 degrees at Muskegon minus 20 degrees at Lansing, minus 14 degrees at Flint, and minus 15 degrees at Marquette.
In 1996, a daily record snow water equivalent fell at Weather Forecast Office in Marquette. The liquid precipitation was 0.57 inches.
A storm system tracking from the High Plains into the Lower Midwest in 2005, brought heavy synoptic snow to portions of west and central Upper Michigan. Some higher terrain locations along Lake Superior received heavy lake effect snow behind the storm on Feb. 28 into March 1. Twelve hour snow totals on Feb. 27, included 16 inches at Lake Linden in Houghton County, 12 inches at Herman in Baraga County, 9 inches at Rockland in Ontonagon County and 8 inches at Champion and Skandia in Marquette County.
In 2009, an intense low pressure system tracking from the Plains into the Lower Great Lakes brought widespread heavy snow and blowing snow to Upper Michigan on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. Blizzard conditions occurred over Marquette and Alger County from the evening of Feb. 26 into early afternoon on Feb. 27. A widespread five to eight inches of total snow was reported across Delta County. North winds gusting to 30 mph at times also caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow. Schools throughout Delta County were closed on Feb. 27. Storm total snowfall amounts around six inches were reported in Menominee. Northeast winds gusting to 40 mph at times caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow with occasional whiteout conditions on the evening of Feb. 26. Schools throughout Menominee County were cancelled on Feb. 27. Observers measured five to six inches of total snowfall from Rockland to Ontonagon. North winds gusting to 30 mph at times also caused some blowing and drifting of snow. Storm spotter snowfall totals included 8.5 inches at Painesdale, 6.5 inches near Twin Lakes and around 5 inches at Houghton and Freda. North winds gusting over 30 mph at times also caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow. Morning classes were cancelled at the Keweenaw-Houghton Area Schools on Feb. 27.