The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for all of West Michigan except counties along the Michigan-Indiana border, 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" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected. However, Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties could see between 4-7", and between 3 and 5" could fall along a line from Holland to Grand Rapids to Lansing. 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 WATCHfor the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 10 pm Sunday: Berrien, Cass, St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Watch area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 7 and 10" of accumulation are possible. Additionally, strong winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Driving conditions will be hazardous Sunday. Travel is not encouraged.

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Gull Lake FIRST Robotics teams heads to state competition

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Gull Lake Community Schools has announced that its FIRST Robotics High School team dubbed the "Twisted Devils" has qualified for the Michigan FIRST Robotics State Competition, held April 11-13, 2013 at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center.

Close to 50 teams will compete at the state level.
According to their facebook page: "The Twisted Devils" won 7 out of 12 qualifying matches at the Gull Lake competition. They also got a Judges' Award for On-Field Performance due to their high-powered and accurate shooter and earned 25 points towards State.

The at the West Michigan competition they won 8 out of 12 qualifying matches, making the semifinals as the 4th Alliance Captain, earning another 39 points.

The State competition commences with opening ceremonies at 3:00pm on Thursday, April 11th, and concludes with an awards ceremony Saturday, April 13th at 4:30pm.

All FIRST Robotics events are free and open to the public.

FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) is a national, not-for-profit organization that exists to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

There are about 58,000 high school students that participate on 2,300 FIRST Robotics teams across the United States.

Teams are led by coaches and adult mentors, often with engineering or machining backgrounds. Many teams partner with corporate sponsors as they prepare for competition. Students have six weeks to build robots from a common parts kit, issued by FIRST Robotics.

Teams that advance from the Michigan FIRST Robotics State Championships will compete at the FIRST Robotics Championships, held April 24-27 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Check out the teams Facebook page by clicking HERE
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