December 1, 1974: Detroit's second-highest snowstorm

As the calendar changes to December this week, let's face it, it's time to start thinking snow.  It turns out, 43 years ago, on December, 1, 1974, the city of Detroit witnessed its second-largest snowstorm of all time.  

A whopping 19.3" of the white stuff blanketed The D, an amount only bested by a blizzard all the way back in April of 1886, which buried residents in 24.5" of snow.

According to the NWS' official historian, light snow began falling just before dawn.  At first, forecasters were calling for about three inches of snow.  But when that total had already fallen by sunup, it was clear things were going to be a lot worse than originally thought.

A massive Nor'Easter was raging, meaning the storm had tapped not only Gulf moisture, Atlantic moisture was being brought into the equation, as well.  Winds howled as snow band after snow band plowed into the area from the south and east.

By the time it was all over, Metro Airport had recorded 19.3" of snow.  Almost everyone else had at least a foot, with totals falling toward the 8-inch mark toward Flint.

Fortunately, the low pressure system continued on an eastward track, rather than up into the Great Lakes, likely sparing Michigan from even MORE snow.

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