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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FDA forcing sleeping pill manufacturers to lower dosages

Updated: Thursday, January 10 2013, 11:13 AM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Food and Drug Administration is forcing the makers of Ambien and several other sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs.

That's because studies have found that the drugs can stay in people's system in the morning, long enough to interfere with driving and increase the risk of car crashes.

The FDA is ordering drug makers to cut the ingredient Zolpidem in half for women, who tend to process the drug more slowly.

It's also recommending lower doses for men, although that's just a suggestion.



FDA forcing sleeping pill manufacturers to lower dosages
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