Whiteout conditions, record rain, and the latest subzero temperature top the list of Michigan weather events on this day in history. From the National Weather Service archives here are the Michigan weather events that happened on March 25.
In 1945, record high temperatures for the day were set simultaneously in Grand Rapids with 77 degrees, Muskegon 76 degrees, Lansing 77 degrees, Alpena 69 degrees, Detroit 78 degrees, Flint 79 degrees, Saginaw 80 degrees, Houghton Lake 75 degrees and Sault Ste. Marie 58 degrees. The records for Muskegon, Alpena and Sault Ste. Marie were broken or tied in later years.
Just two years later a snowstorm dumped 13.3 inches on Saginaw in 1945. This was the eleventh heaviest snowstorm in Saginaw history. Alpena received a daily of record 14 inches, Flint 7.2 inches and Houghton Lake 6.3 inches.
In 1954, heavy rain and high winds occurred as a cold front moves through. Grand Rapids measured 2.82 inches of rain for their wettest March day on record. Flooding of streams was widespread and winds gusted over 70 mph caused roof damage and uprooted trees. Other Cities recorded daily records for rainfall, including Muskegon 1.1 inches, Lansing 1.43 inches, Detroit 1.73 inches, and Flint 1.06 inches.
Grand Rapids fell to minus 1 degrees for its latest subzero reading on record in 1974. Other cold records for the date include Detroit 4 degrees, Houghton Lake minus 16 degrees, and Sault Ste. Marie minus 11 degrees.
In 1979, Marquette, Alger and Dickinson counties were brought to a standstill by a blizzard on the March 24 and March 25, with travel becoming impossible. Authorities were forced to close many roads in those counties. Marquette County airport in Negaunee Township was forced to shut down for two days as winds gusted to 45 mph and Sawyer Air Force Base reported wind gusts to 55 mph during the blizzard of March 24 and March 25. The city of Marquette reported 18 inches of snow while the Weather Forecast Office in Marquette had 27 inches of snow from the March 24-25 blizzard.
In 1996, low pressure moved northeast across Iowa during the evening of March 24 and over Wisconsin during the early morning of March 25. The low then crossed Northern Lake Michigan and reached Sault Ste. Marie around 11 a.m. EST on March 25. Light snow developed over West Upper Michigan during the afternoon of March 24, and spread into North Central Upper Michigan and became heavy during the evening. Meanwhile, a mix of rain and freezing rain developed east of Marquette and Iron Mountain. Shortly after midnight on March 25, north winds accelerated with frequent gusts above 40 mph. This caused whiteout conditions across much of West and North Central Upper Michigan for most of the day on March 25. The whiteout conditions lead to a fatal traffic accident between two semi-trucks on Highway M28 in Matchwood Township two miles east of Bergland in Ontonagon County. The whiteouts also closed Highway M28 between Marquette and Munising during the afternoon and evening of March 25. The mixed precipitation east of Marquette and Iron Mountain changed to all snow between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on March 25, but the heavy snow was confined to the west half of Upper Michigan. The snow diminished to flurries during the evening of March 25. Snow totals included 30 inches at Ontonagon, 28 inches at Rockland, 24 inches at Chassell and Ahmeek, 20 inches at L’anse, Watersmeet, Houghton and Ironwood, 18 inches at Silver City, Watton and Herman, 14 inches at Marquette and Iron River and 10 inches at Deerton and Champion.