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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UPDATE: Van Buren Co. woman found safe but does not want to go home

Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Deputies in Van Buren County say a Geneva Township woman, missing for nearly 10 days has been found alive and safe in Kalamazoo.

Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Robin Shepherd was located Wednesday evening after someone recognized her photograph on the 11'o clock news.

They say she is in good health and in a safe location. Shepherd has reportedly stated she does not want to return home for personal reasons at this time, her family has been advised.

The 43-year-old was last seen Monday, August 4, at Borgess Hospital on Gull Road in Kalamazoo.

Shepherd was a patient at Borgess, and was released on August 4, at around 2:00 p.m.

Deputies say Shepherd spoke with her husband around noon that day, and did not indicate that she was scheduled to be released.

Again, Robin Shepherd has been located and she is safe.


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