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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Kent Co. debuts new way to 'sniff out' arson

Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 |
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KENT COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Kent County Sheriff's Department has a new way to sniff out arsonists.

On Tuesday, the department welcomed a dog named Ritzey to its Arson Investigation Team.

Ritzey is a certified arson dog, trained to sniff out substances used to start fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were more than 41,000 fires set on purpose in 2009, causing about $792 million worth of damage.

Arson dogs are key in helping firefighters determine how fires are started.

"There was a little over $5 million in 2011 in arson damages, and that is just for Kent County alone," said Kent County Sheriff's deputy Dale Dekort. "SO once people understand if you light a fire, Ritzey will help determine where it was set and help acquire the evidence for conviction, hopefully it will make people think twice about lighting fires."

Ritzey is one of more than 300 arson dog teams in North America.
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