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.

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Weather spotters report waterspout to Nat'l Weather Service

Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The unusual July weather is having quite an impact on Lake Michigan, with marine weather spotters reporting waterspouts to the National Weather Service.

The reports flooded in Tuesday morning from St. Joseph to Saugatuck.

The NWS has yet to confirm the reports.

A viewer sent NewsChannel 3 a photo of one of the reported waterspouts off South Beach in South Haven.
The funnel you see in the photo is caused by Tuesday morning’s unusual mix of temperatures.
The air was unseasonably cold, with temperatures in the 50s.
So when it came in contact with the warm lake surface, which hovered around 70 degrees, the air sucked upwards.
In waterspouts, the surrounding air then rushes in to replace it and the spin-up continues.

The NWS says more waterspouts are possible Tuesday through dinnertime.
Keep in mind: while waterspouts are fascinating to see, they can be quite dangerous.
If you do come across one, make sure to steer clear of it and seek safe harbor until it has passed.

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