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Near blizzard conditions, a disastrous flood and a warm spell

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Near blizzard conditions, a disastrous flood and a warm spell 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 March 7.

1908 - After heavy snow in February, heavy rains and warmer conditions set in, setting the stage for a disastrous flood. The Kalamazoo River flooded the town of Albion when the Homer Dam broke around 3 p.m. By midnight, the bridges surrounding town were underwater. Six buildings in Albion collapsed.

1999 - Arctic air and several inches of fresh snow on the ground combine to drop temperatures to a record low of -13° at Lansing and -6° in Flint.

2000 - Temperatures reach the 70s during a record early season warm spell. Grand Rapids hits 72°, Lansing 74°, Muskegon 64°, Alpena 73°, Detroit 76°, Houghton Lake 68°, Marquette, 68°, and Sault Ste. Marie 60°. The temperature rose to 75° in Flint and 73° in Saginaw. These are the earliest 70 degree days recorded in the cities of Flint and Saginaw!

2005 - A potent storm system tracked across the Upper Great Lakes on the morning and early afternoon. A strong north wind, gusting to 40 mph at times, combined with 3 to 6 inches of lake enhanced snow to cause near-blizzard conditions across portions of west and central Upper Michigan. The extreme blowing and drifting of snow resulted in the emergency closures of Highway M-28 from just east of Marquette to Munising and Highway M-26 from Copper Harbor to Eagle Harbor. Poor visibility in blowing snow was also reported in Ontonagon County.