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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Calhoun Co. teen charged with arson in mill fire

Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Calhoun County teenager has been charged with arson after police say he set fire to the Bedford Mill.

Police say 19-year-old David Bax started the fire at the mill around 11:30 Tuesday night, and it's not the first time he's done it.

In court Monday, the judge reminded Bax that he was out on bond for setting fire to the mill earlier this year, when he allegedly did it again.

Bax was charged with third degree arson Monday--a felony.

Firefighters say in May Bax set fire to the old Bedford Mill because he was offered some money to do so.

That time, crews were able to put it out and save the building, but this time, that wasn't the case.

Just under a week ago, flames ripped through the mill again. It took 3 hours and 40,000 gallons of water to put it out.

The old mill opened in 1855, but has been closed for decades.

It was officially condemned years ago when firefighters found the building full of termites.

This winter, the roof had officially collapsed under the weight of snow.

The Bedford Township fire chief told Newschannel 3 that there was no way they could get inside, and that it was strictly a defensive attack.

Bax is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 28.

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