WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES & WARNINGS

UNTIL 7 AM FRIDAY

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES remain for Kalamazoo, Van Buren, St. Joe, Branch, Allegan, Barry, Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo counties until 7 AM Friday.  Lake effect snow, heavy at times, drops 4" to 8+" of snow through Friday morning.  Approaching 10" or more are possible in some cities.  Westerly winds gusting to 35 mph create blowing and drifting snow, especially in open areas.   

Ionia, Eaton, and Calhoun counties have been added to our existing WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES; expiration time is 7 PM tonight.  Snowfall totals of 1" to 4+" are possible.  

WINTER STORM WARNINGS remain in Berrien, Cass counties until 4 AM Friday for in excess of 6" of snow.  As of this point, snow has been sparse; WARNINGS may be revised.

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West Mich. prepares for storm

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The possibility of all that snow has many rushing to the store, stocking up on things to get them through this storm.

These pictures were taken at the Meijer in Battle Creek -- shelves empty, carts gone and the checkout lanes are never-ending.

It's the same story at the Meijer in on Shaver Road in Portage. All 30 checkout lanes are full. The store manager says it's busier than it was during Christmas.

This storm is bringing a one-two punch. After the snow comes extreme cold. Temperatures are expected to drop well below freezing across half the nation in the coming days.

The Midwest could hit lows not seen in decades. The extreme cold can also freeze pipes, causing extensive damage.

Michigan State Police have some tips on how to prepare for temperatures well below zero.

First, stay indoors if possible. That goes for your pets too.

If you must go outside, wear protective winter gear. Remove any clothing that gets damp or wet.

Stock the car with a first-aid kit, blankets and warm clothing just in case you become stranded.

Don't forget to check on family, friends and neighbors.