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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Autism becoming recognized issue in South Africa

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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SOUTH AFRICA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - While autism is widely recognized in the United States, other countries are just beginning to address the problem, and in South Africa, some people believe autism is linked to witchcraft.

One in 88 South Africans is born with autism, and getting treatment can be difficult.

Instead of doctors, many people recommend that parents bring their children to an exorcist.

The South African government only officially recognized autism two months ago.

Now, advocates say the next step is to invest money in treating the disorder.

"Now we want specifically for kids with autism to be catered for so that they can live normal lives," said Lumka Olifant, with the Department of Social Development.

Despite the half-million South Africans thought to have autism, officials say there are only a few doctors in the country specialized to diagnose and treat the disorder.
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