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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W. Mich. woman hopes to open up more options for adults with autism

Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan woman is leading the charge, hoping to open up more options for adults with autism in Kalamazoo County.

Catherine Pinto started AACORN Farm Board in 2010.

The goal is to create a residential farm for adults with autism.

This June, AACORN has started a vocational and skill building program at Tiller's International Farm, near Galesburg.

Right now, six adults with autism are taking part, doing chores and crafts at the farm.

"I think that it's not really unconditional love that the animals give, but it's unconditional acceptance," AACORN Farm board member Liz Farner said. "They don't care what color your skin is, if you can't speak, as long as you bring them their apple or bottle of milk."

Pinto believes it will cost $3 million and 40 acres of land to make AACORN Farm a reality.
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