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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Kids Learn To Read With Help From Local Dogs

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A program in Van Buren County is using dogs to help kids learn to read.

It's called Pawsitive Influence, and was started by Paw Paw veterinarian Ann Marie Baker.

We went to Mattawan Early Elementary School to see the program in action.

Early Intervention Specialist Barbara Manzone says Mattawan Public Education Foundation gave them $500 for the program that includes about 20 students.

"We select reticent readers, readers who just need a little more confidence and practice," Manzone said.

The kids sit beside the dogs, brought from Paw Paw Veterinary Clinic, pet them as they're reading and subsequently are more willing to take risks reading to dogs.

Manzone said one child's mother told her yesterday that she shouldn't believe how her son's confidence in reading has grown and developed since he started the program.

Dr. Baker told us that many kids are now testing out of the program as a result of its success.

The program runs every other Tuesday at the Paw Paw District Library. The next meeting will be April 10th.

Visit the links section of our website for more details.

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