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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Playing it safe with fireworks

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 12:43 PM EDT
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Firework-related accidents are on the rise, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC says eight people died last year and more than 11,000 were hurt after handling their own fireworks.
    
All eight deaths involved professional or banned fireworks.

Many of the people injured were children.

"Parents should tell their children not to play with fireworks, in particular not to play with sparklers at a very young age,” says Bob Adler, CPSC chairman. “Sparklers burn at a temperature of 2,000 degrees which is roughly the temperature of a blow torch."

Millions of Americans plan to celebrate by shooting off their own fireworks this weekend.

But before you do, Michigan State Police have some potentially life-saving advice.
    
First, make sure to follow all warnings and instructions on the fireworks package before lighting them.
    
Only use fireworks outside.
    
And only light off fireworks on smooth surfaces away from homes, dry leaves or other flammable materials.
    
Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby.
    
And never try to re-light fireworks that didn't fully function the first time.
    
Perhaps the best advice though: just use common sense.
    
Low-impact fireworks and ground-based items like sparklers, snaps and toy snakes are legal in Michigan.

For a full list of legal fireworks, click here.
Playing it safe with fireworks
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