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 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 6-10" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-6". 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: 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 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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Backpack Project helping families in need

Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014
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PLAINWELL, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Want to help prepare students in need as they get ready for school?

The Friendship Wesleyan Church in Plainwell is asking for your help doing just that with their Backpack Project.

The project aims to meet the needs of over 200 children in the community.

Thursday, the church is hosting a packing and set-up party. Volunteers will be asked to help put school supplies and clothes donated by area churches and the community into backpacks.

Organizers say this helps not only ease the burden on the parents, but helps kids start the school year off with the right attitude.

"And kids when they have things for school makes them feel good and they're ready, they're prepared and it just helps them grow," said Coordinator Tammy Steinhauser.

Thursday night's event starts at 7:00 at the Friendship Wesleyan Church.

There will be brunch for volunteers.

Then on Saturday morning they will giving away the stuffed backpacks to families in need.

Volunteers who want to help with the giveaway should show up to the church at 9:30.

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