WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

 A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-14" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 10-14" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 6-10". 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 until 6 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ionia, Ottawa, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm  until 6 am Monday.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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Having fun in a winter wonderland

Updated: Friday, February 8 2013, 07:18 PM EST
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WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) –The latest round of snowfall is certainly making for a beautiful scene across West Michigan and on Friday Newschannel 3 took to the streets, finding a lot of people enjoying the fresh blanket of winter white.

The heavy snow that started falling on Thursday night created a number of problems on the roadways, but it also brought a true winter wonderland to West Michigan.

With the most recent snowfall, Mother Nature brought in heavy, wet snow, creating a masterpiece of snow painted trees to enjoy. Every branch was outlined with snow, producing breath-taking scenes that some people took advantage of, especially those who didn’t have school on Friday.

At Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek a number of kids got out their sleds and hit the hills.

The recent snow is perfect for packing, making it easy to build up extra ramps on the hills, which made Kyler’s sledding experience, as he said ‘super fun.’

“You go up into the air, and you hit the jump and flip,” said Kyler.

And 8, soon to be 9-year-old Zaria was enjoying her extra day to celebrate her birthday with her sister and mother.

“It’s really cool when you go on the bump,” said Zaria, “and it’s really fun.”

The snow system that came through West Michigan is now combining with another storm system along the east coast.

Areas around Boston and Portland, Maine could see up to two feet of snow.
Having fun in a winter wonderland
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