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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Local manufacturing company provides jobs to the blind

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A local manufacturing company that provides jobs to people who are legally blind is celebrating 20 years of being in business.

Midwest Enterprises for the Blind--or M-Web--is based in Kalamazoo, and is the only company in Michigan that primarily employs blind workers.

Across the country, 70 percent of blind people are unemployed.

The West Michigan non-profit currently has 25 blind workers that earn more than the national average rate for a blind person.

There, they assemble and package items like chairs and tables.

Company officials say the opportunity to work helps boost their employees' self-esteem.

"There's a misconception that a blind worker is less capable, not as competent as a sighted worker," said Business Development Coordinator William Drain. "The only difference between our business and other businesses is that we employ the blind."

M-Web says it's looking to expand in the West Michigan area by partnering with more local businesses.
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