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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Government scrambling to replace aging weather satellites

Updated: Wednesday, February 20 2013, 12:01 PM EST
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The government is scrambling to deal with a generation of weather satellites that are about to die.

The five satellites orbit the earth from pole to pole. They consistently send back information on everything from temperature, cloud formations, to wind and sea currents.

But they're going to stop working next year and their replacements won't launch until 2017.

In that gap, the ability to predict the path of major storms will be nearly impossible.

One recent example is Superstorm Sandy.

“The prediction of the path for Superstorm Sandy would have shown it going out to sea and not hitting new jersey at all,” said Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office.

While the government works to solve the crisis the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working to develop an alternative plan for a potential gap.





Government scrambling to replace aging weather satellites
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