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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Study: 50 percent increase in food allergies for kids

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A study released Thursday shows more kids are getting allergies.

The study says one in 20 kids now have food allergies. That's a 50 percent increase from the late 1990's.

For eczema and other skin allergies it's one in eight children, which is an increase of 69-percent.

The study found no increase, however, in hay fever or other respiratory allergies.

Experts aren't sure what's behind the increase.

One of the main ideas argues that there is a downside to America's culture of disinfection and overuse of antibiotics, saying we live in too clean of homes, which  leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies.

The CDC report also found that: Food and respiratory allergies are more common in higher-income families than the poor. Eczema and skin allergies are most common among the poor. And more black children have the skin problems, 17-percent, compared to 12-percent of white children and about 10-percent of Hispanic children.

The CDC says some of the statistics may reflect a recent change in the recommendations for when young children should first eat certain foods.

In families with a history of eczema or food allergies parents used to be advised to wait for years before introducing their young children to foods tied to severe allergies like peanuts, milks and eggs.

But doctors now say research suggests that allergies are more likely in those kids when the foods were delayed.

If you want to see the full report, click here.





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