WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm 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 near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 8-12" possible. However, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-7". 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: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren,  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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Researchers testing new birth control ring

Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Scientists are studying the effects of a new potential revolutionary birth control ring.

The TDF-IVR would unwanted pregnancy and protect women against STD's, including AIDS.

It was developed by an associate professor at Northwestern University, in Illinois.

The idea isn't a new one, but Patrick Kiser figured out the right types of plastic to use that could reliably release the two different drugs at different rates and in the proper amounts.

"You can think of this as kind of a chemical condom," Kiser said.

The research was published in September in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Sixty women were fitted with the ring in November, and studied for 14 days.

Now, scientists are pouring over data from the trial, hoping to have the ring on the market in the next seven years.
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