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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4 Killed in Van Buren County Crash

Updated: Sunday, February 17 2013, 12:42 PM EST
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HARTFORD TOWNSHIP (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Crews are investigating a deadly crash in Van Buren County. It happened just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of CR 687 and 66th Avenue in Hartford Township.
 
Deputies say four people were killed and two were rushed to the hospital.
 
Right before the accident took place, all three vehicles were headed to a two-way stop from three different directions.
 
Deputies say the driver of the van had a stop sign and blew through it. The van then broadsided a white car heading south. That white car was then thrust into the opposite lane and hit a red pick up truck head on. All four people in the white car were killed. We do not know their names. Deputies confirm they are from the area, and their ages range from their late 30's to 50's. Two people inside the truck were rushed to the hospital.
 
The sergeant tells Newschannel 3 weather likely played a key role in this crash.
4 Killed in Van Buren County Crash
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