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.

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VA and federal highway bills passed

Updated: Friday, August 1, 2014
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two major bills have made through way through Congress and are finally heading to President Obama's desk for a signature.

Thursday night, the Senate easily approved a $16.3 billion compromise measure to fix the trouble Department of Veterans Affairs.

The bill provides $10-billion in emergency spending so veterans can go to a private doctor if they cannot get into a VA hospital quickly.

The legislation also includes $5-billion to hire more VA doctors, nurses and other medical staff.

$1.3 billion is going towards opening 27 new VA clinics across the country.

Congress also approved a bill to prevent a 28-percent cut in federal highway and mass transit aid.

The measure will add to the Federal Highway Trust Fund with an infusion of $10.8 billion from the general treasury.

That's enough to keep the fund financially stable through May.

The Transportation Department set Friday as the date the fund would no longer be able to provide all the aid promised from incoming gasoline and diesel fuel taxes.

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