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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Crews cleaning up after storm smacks Boston area

Updated: Sunday, March 10 2013, 06:35 PM EDT
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PLUM ISLAND, Mass. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Crews are hard at work right now trying to clean up after a late winter storm hit a Massachusetts island hard.

Plum Island's once beautiful beach is now a zone of destruction.

Several homes actually fell into the ocean.

Littering the beach are giant sandbags and concrete blocks that ultimately proved useless at stopping the Atlantic.

Now, many are wondering whether more could have been done to save the homes.

"When you see homes falling into the ocean, clearly you feel that not enough was done and that we should have done more," said State Senator Bruce Tarr. "This isn't a situation where we've done nothing, it's a situation where the totality of everything we've done hasn't been enough to protect these homes in this storm."

Plum Island is a barrier beach that once had dunes and a wide expanse of sand.

Officials say barrier beaches are fragile, with migrating sand that often cannot hold up to years of pounding storms.

This latest storm system began blanketing snow across the upper midwest, and mid-Atlantic earlier in the week before moving out to sea on Friday.

It dumped more than a foot of snow in the northeast, and they aren't out of the woods yet.

Meteorologists are predicting more stormy weather through the beginning of spring.
Crews cleaning up after storm smacks Boston area
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