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.

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Holland group distributes bikes to kids unable to walk

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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HOLLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - More than 23 million people across the world lack the ability to walk--and 10 percent of them are kids.

For years, a group in Holland has been giving back to those in need, allowing many confined to their beds to move on their own for the first time.

The tiny bikes--known as Personal Energy Transportation, or PETs--are packed up in a Holland plant, and shipped all over the world.

The company, run on around 90 volunteers, was founded decades ago by a South Haven missionary who watched children bed ridden or forced to crawl in third world countries.

Now, more than 1,400 PETs have come out of Holland, spawning four more West Michigan facilities.

Each $250 bike is funded by donations.

Volunteer Dale Dykema will travel to Vietnam on Thursday to help deliver 140 PETs to kids in need.

"We have so much in this country, my son just got a new wheelchair, like $15,000 worth of wheelchair, but that's no more important to him than a PET is to a child, because they have nothing without it," Dykema said.

It's the thrill of a child's smile that keeps him and others hard at work in Holland.

They say they could never accomplish this task without years of generosity from the West Michigan community.

For more information, including ways you can volunteer or donate, click here.
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