WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for all of West Michigan except counties along the Michigan-Indiana border, 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 along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 6-10" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-6". 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: Berrien, Cass, 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: Suspect formally charged in Bedford Twp. homicide
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updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Shawn Pike, the man police say fatally stabbed a Citgo gas station employee, has been formally charged in court Thursday.

He faces charges of felony murder, habitual offender (3rd offense) and assault with intent to rob while armed. His bond was denied.

30-year-old Shawn Pike is accused of fatally stabbing 27-year-old Nicole Gates.

Police found Gates' body early Wednesday morning at the Citgo in Bedford Township.

Detectives say Gates was just minutes away from closing down when Pike walked in and held the store up.

Investigators say that after killing her, he stole her car.

They arrested Pike hours later.

Longtime friends of Nicole Gates showed up at the last spot where she was seen alive.

"This happened to a mom. This mom is never gonna see her babies anymore. They're never going to have their mom to hold, to love. I'm never gonna be able to say, 'Nikki I love you,'" said Megan Rayborn.

Another man is facing felony charges of being an accessory after the fact. He has been identified as Dustin Hartman. His bond has been set at $25,000.

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