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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Mother of trooper's killer makes plea deal

MASON COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The mother of the man who murdered Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield has pleaded no contest to accessory after the fact to a felony.

Tammi Spofford made the plea Tuesday. In return, the prosecutor's office dropped a charge of unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle.

Spofford will be sentenced June 17th.

Eric Knysz shot and killed Trooper Butterfield during a traffic stop in September of 2013.

He was sentenced to life in prison on April 8th.

He tried to kill himself less than a week later by hanging himself with a bed sheet in his jail cell.

He died April 17th.