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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Israel, Gaza militants tenatively agree to break in fighting

Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - After more than a week of attacks and a death toll in the hundreds, Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza agree to hit the pause button.

The United Nations requested the five hour break in fighting, so people in Gaza could gather necessities like food and water, without fearing attack.

The Associated Press reports Thursday morning that three mortar shells were fired from Gaza around noon local time (5:00 a.m. eastern time in the U.S.).

This comes after days of intense fighting in the region.

Israel blasted Gaza Wednesday, striking dozens of targets, including the homes of top Hamas leaders.

However, one of the explosions hit a beach and killed four young boys.

Hamas retaliated by firing rockets into Israel.

The death toll after 9 days of fighting is now in the 200s on the Palestinian side, while only one Israeli civilian was killed.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country is doing what it needs to do.

"Israel has to take the actions to defend its citizens, as any normal country would against terrorists who are committing double war crimes," he said.

Meanwhile, President Obama is showing support for both sides and pushing for peace.

"The Israeli people and the Palestinian people don't want to live like this," he said. "They deserve to live in peace and security, free from fear."

The Israeli military says that more than a dozen terrorists from Gaza used an underground tunnel built by Hamas to enter the country Thursday morning, but Israeli forces foiled the attempted terror attack when they fired at the suspects and bombed the tunnel.

It's not clear whether Israeli military will respond to the mortar attack in Gaza.

Officials did say if anyone launched an attack during the 5-hour cease fire, they would respond "firmly and decisively."

U.S. | World News

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