WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, WINTER STORM WATCH

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" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected. However, Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties could see between 4-7", and between 3 and 5" could fall along a line from Holland to Grand Rapids to Lansing. 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 WATCHfor the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 10 pm Sunday: 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 Watch area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 7 and 10" 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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Amash, Huizenga explain no-vote for Violence Against Women Act

Updated: Tuesday, March 5 2013, 09:46 AM EST
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two West Michigan congressman are laying out their reasons for voting against the Violence Against Women Act.

Congress passed that law last week which provides assistance to women trying to escape abusive relationships.

The new version of the law also provides protections for gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as native Americans.

Representatives Justin Amash and Bill Huizenga both voted against the bill because they say it's unconstitutional.

A spokesman for Amash told M-Live the Violence Against Women Act expands federal criminal law beyond what the constitution allows, such as expanding laws against cyber stalking.

Huizenga reportedly had similar problems with the legislation, as well as what he saw as a lack of oversight on how the funds would be distributed.





Amash, Huizenga explain no-vote for Violence Against Women Act
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