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A large and complex low pressure system took aim not only across the Great Lakes region, but also the Central Plains and the Southeast. Almost every weather event was seen with this system, as rain, snow, sleet, hail, tornadoes, freezing rain, and flooding battered areas over a 3 to 4 day period. Tornadic supercells developed along the strong cold front over southern portions of the US, while blizzard conditions pummeled portions of the northern plains and into the northern Great Lakes. Southeast Michigan saw heavy rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain that began on Friday and lasted through Sunday. This system brought 2 main periods of precipitation, with a short break in between on Saturday. This break, along with the timeline of precipitation, can be found on the radar tab. Southeast Michigan had 2-3" reports of heavy rain, 2-3" of sleet and about 1/4" to 1/2" of ice from freezing rain. In total, DTE and Consumers Energy reported power outages for nearly 500,000 customers due to the event. Additionally, strong and persistent northeast winds lead to lakeshore flooding around Saginaw Bay and on the Lake Erie shoreline.
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