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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Alamo Elementary students visited by WW II veteran

Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Students at Alamo Elementary School heard from a World War II veteran Tuesday.

After seeing dozens of veterans being flown to Washington, D.C. to see the national memorials as part of the local Honor Flight, the kids sent thank you letters to those veterans.

On Tuesday, 94-year-old veteran Catherine Vandebunte visited the students.

Vandebunte worked in California during the war, aiding soldiers in getting back home and shipping out.

She told the kids about her war experience.

"I feel it's an honor that they want to have me tell the story, and because it was a very difficult time in my life; and at this age, these children will be facing similar opportunities," Vandebunte told Newschannel 3 of the experience.

The class plans to write letters again for an Honor Flight that will take place in the spring.
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