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 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 6-10" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-6". 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: 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 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.

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Griffins players, coaches pick up bells for Salvation Army

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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KENTWOOD, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Grand Rapids Griffins hockey players hung up their skates and picked up their bells for the salvation Army.

The Griffins Players, along with their coaches, including former Red Wings star Chris Chelios, set up two different red kettles at the Family Fare store in Kentwood to collect donations.

Each hour they held a friendly competition to see who could raise the most money for the Salvation Army.

"This is obviously a wonderful time of the year," said Griffins coach Jeff Blashill. "A time of year that means a lot to me personally, but it's also a time that can be a tough time of year for a lot of people. We want to make sure it's happy for everybody."

The Griffins players say the bell ringing is also a great opportunity to meet some of their fans face-to-face.
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