WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, WINTER STORM WATCH

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" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected. However, Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties could see between 4-7", and between 3 and 5" could fall along a line from Holland to Grand Rapids to Lansing. 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 WATCHfor the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 10 pm Sunday: 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 Watch area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 7 and 10" 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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Michiganders feeling the winter blues

Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new study shows more Michigan residents suffer from depression than people in other states, so experts are now relying on technology to help reach patients in need.
    
One in five Michiganders reported being diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, according to the University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation.  That number is two-percent higher than the nationwide average.
    
Most of the contributing factors are economic stress, poor access to health care and unemployment.
    
As the need grows, our state is struggling to keep up with the overwhelming demand both in outpatient mental health services and inpatient psychiatric beds.  It is not uncommon for doctors to send patients a hundred miles away or more for treatment.

Mental health workers are now adapting, using telephone and video conferencing to reach to patients in areas without those services.  This allows workers to conduct patient evaluations and prescribe more complex or riskier medications.
    
Services like Teladoc, which claims to be the nation's largest telemedicine provider, says more than 100,000 Michiganders subscribe to its service.
    
Experts say services like these are helping out but physicians need much more support as the demand continues to grow in our state.

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