WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

 A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-14" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 10-14" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 6-10". 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 until 6 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ionia, Ottawa, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm  until 6 am Monday.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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Researchers look at new way to help premature babies eat on their own

Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Researchers may have found a new way to help premature babies eat on their own.

It's very difficult for babies--especially premature babies--to learn how to coordinate the actions of sucking, swallowing, and breathing.

But a new kind of pacifier might help.

Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are giving babies a pacifier that contains a little music device that plays the sounds of the baby's mother singing.

When the babies suck with just the right rate and strength, they're rewarded by the sound of their mother's voice.

Babies who used the pacifier were able to eat without feeding tubes one week earlier than babies who didn't use the pacifier.

The sooner a premature baby can eat on its own, the sooner he or she can go home.
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