WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for all of West Michigan except counties along the Michigan-Indiana border, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 6 am Monday. A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 6-10" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-6". Additionally, gusty winds will be blowing the snow quite a bit, causing drifting on roads along with poor visibility. Travel is discouraged from late Saturday night through Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Berrien, Cass, St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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Experts concerned about dangerous mosquito-borne virus

Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 |
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NEWSCHANNEL 3 - Health experts are warning a dangerous virus carried by mosquitoes has made its way to the United States.
    
The chikungunya virus or “chik-v” has been called a "miserable infection."
    
The virus has sickened more than 100-thousand people in the Caribbean over the past few years.
    
Now cases have been confirmed in 15 states, including Indiana and Minnesota.
    
Symptoms include a high fever lasting up to a week and severe pain.
    
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no vaccine to prevent chik-v and there is no medicine to treat it.
    
The virus is not considered deadly, but those infected say it is incredibly uncomfortable.
    
All Americans who have contracted chik-v became sick after visiting countries where it is common.
    
So far there is no evidence mosquitoes in the US carry the virus, but researchers worry it may spread here soon.

"There's a concern that people from the United States who go to the Caribbean might be bitten by infected mosquitoes and then bring this illness, this virus, back to the United States,” says Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University’s Department of Preventative Medicine. “We have the kind of mosquito that will transmit this virus here in the US."
    
The best course of action against chik-v is prevention.
    
The CDC recommends using bug spray, wearing long sleeves or pants and staying indoors, especially if you are traveling somewhere that chik-v is common like Africa, Asia, Europe or the Caribbean.

For more information on chik-v, click here.

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