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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Craigslist killings highlight dangers of online activity

Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
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WYOMING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Warning from police--you may not be as safe online as you think.

Police say 31-year-old Brady Oestrike killed 18-year-old Brooke Slocum, her unborn child, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Charles Oppenneer after meeting on Craigslist.

Newschannel 3 talked to police Wednesday to learn more about what they say you need to know about online safety.

Police say the problem is that a person can be anyone behind a computer screen, and while you may think you know who you're dealing with--you may not.

It was a post on Craigslist that police say led Brady Oestrike to Brooke Slocum--a post with revealing personal information.

Police say emails show Slocum and Oestrike planned to meet for sex at Gezon Park--the place police later discovered Oppeneer decapitated body.

Wyoming police say the best advice is to never agree to meet with anyone you don’t know.

But police say, if you do, there are steps you can take to protect yourself:

Do so in a highly populated area where there’s lots of people around
Don’t go to a secluded area, go where there’s a lot of light
Don’t go at night.

But when it comes to meeting online, police say there will always be risks.

Police also say it’s important to talk with your children about online safety. They say you should check their phones and internet history to make sure you know who they're talking to.

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