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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Animal experts offer advice for helping pets through fireworks

Updated: Saturday, July 5 2014, 12:18 AM EDT
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - On this holiday weekend, animal experts are reminding pet owners that most pets don't like fireworks.

The Humane Society says they see an influx of pets this weekend, and owners need to keep them safe at home.

Experts advise you not take pets to fireworks shows, shut your windows, and turn on the radio or television to distract them from the noise.

They also recommend you not take pets outside.

"The backyard is not secure on the 4th," said Elizabeth Richer, with the Humane Society. "If they get scared, they can scale fences that they'd never attempted to do before."

That goes for cats as well.

Make sure your pet also has a current ID tag, because if they do get out, you want to be able to find them quickly.
Animal experts offer advice for helping pets through fireworks
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