...1885... The coldest temperature ever recorded at Duluth, Minnesota occurred on this date. The temperature plunged to 41 degrees below zero.
...1893... Little Rock, Arkansas had its greatest 24 hour snowfall. 13 inches covered the ground.
...1899... At Newport, Rhode Island the barometer reading peaked at 30.89, setting the record for the date.
...1904... A severe snowstorm began in New England. Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, Massachusetts had 19 inches of snow in 24 hours.
...1910... A great flood in Utah and Nevada washed out 100 miles of railroad between Salt Lake City UT and Los Angeles CA causing seven million dollars damage.
...1918... The low temperature at Newport, Rhode Island plunged to 3 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 5 degrees set in 1899.
...1935... A high wind gust of 52 miles per hour set the record high for the date at Newport, Rhode Island.
...1948... At Newport, Rhode Island 10.4 inches of snow fell, setting the record from 1947 when 3.5 inches fell.
...1955... Hurricane Alice battered the Leeward Islands with sustained winds of 85 mph on this day. Alice was upgraded as a full tropical system on December 31, 1954, making Alice the latest and earliest hurricane on record in the Atlantic Ocean
...1961... The coldest temperature of record for the state of Hawaii was established with a reading of 14 degrees atop Haleakela Summit.
...1987... A winter storm moving up the Atlantic coast brought heavy snow and high winds to the northeastern U.S. Wind gusts reached 82 mph at Trenton NJ and Southwest Harbor in Maine. Snowfall totals ranged up to two feet at Salem NH and Waterboro ME.
...1988... "Old Man Winter" took a siesta, with snow a scarcity across the nation. For the second day in a row Alamosa CO reported a record low of 31 degrees below zero.
...1989... Strong and gusty winds prevailed along the eastern slopes of the northern and central Rockies. Winds gusted to 71 mph at Colorado Springs CO and Livingston MT.
...1990... The first winter storm of the new year and decade developed in the southwestern U.S., and blanketed the northern mountains of Utah with 12 to 23 inches of snow. Up to 22 inches of snow was reported in the Alta-Snowbird area. The storm brought Las Vegas NV their first measurable precipitation in four and a half months, since the 17th of August.
...1992... Miami, Florida recorded 4.16 inches of rain in 24 hours ending at 7 am EST. This set a new 24 precipitation record for January. The previous record was 3.07 inches set on January 30, 1953.
...1993... In the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, the Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol reported a snow depth of 90 inches at the 7000 foot level. A depth of 150 inches was measured at 7800 feet. Since December 29, 1992, a total of 72 inches had fallen at the 7000 foot elevation, with 93 inches at 8300 feet.
...1994... High winds buffeted the Northern Front Range of Colorado during the morning hours. Peak wind gusts included 105 mph atop Squaw Mountain near Idaho Springs and 89 mph at Fort Collins. A fast moving "Alberta Clipper" brought up to six inches of snow to Iowa. Up to a foot of snow blanketed the Snowy Range Mountains in southeastern Wyoming.
...1999... The "Blizzard of '99" dumped 21.6 inches of snow on Chicago, Illinois for the city's second largest snowstorm on record. Grand Rapids, Michigan recorded 22 inches for it greatest snowstorm ever. Detroit, Michigan had a foot of snow and Milwaukee, Wisconsin was buried under 15.4 inches -- the city's biggest snowstorm in 52 years.
The second day of 2008 brought snow to areas of Indiana, Ohio and the Appalachians through the Northeastern United States. Parts of New England received the heaviest amounts, with some areas receiving storm totals of over 15 inches (38 cm) in several areas of central and eastern Maine.