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.

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Parents sign up to keep schools safe

Updated: Thursday, March 7 2013, 07:25 AM EST
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Parents in Battle Creek were signing up to take action Wednesday night.

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Riverside Elementary is launching the international program WATCH D.O.G.S.

That program puts fathers, grandfathers and even uncles in schools, volunteering their time to watch over students.

“This is an opportunity I think for those dads who are willing to take the time off work to come in and not just volunteer in their son’s or daughter’s classroom, but also be that positive role model and experience in other classrooms too,” said P.E. teacher Tim Katz.

On Wednesday night parents packed the elementary, getting in line to volunteer.

All the potential volunteers will have to fill out applications and pass a background check. Police say this could become a county-wide program for all schools.
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