WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, WINTER STORM WATCH

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

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" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected. However, Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties could see between 4-7", and between 3 and 5" could fall along a line from Holland to Grand Rapids to Lansing. 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 WATCHfor the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 10 pm Sunday: 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 Watch area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 7 and 10" 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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Police cracking down on drunk drivers

Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Starting Friday and lasting until Labor Day, Michigan State Police are upping patrols and giving a harsh warning -- drive sober or get pulled over. And this year officers in Michigan are using a unique way to get their message across.

Police are using a fake brewing company and kicking it all off in Beer City USA using a 6 pack with a message, putting our own spin on a nation-wide crackdown.

Law enforcement officials from 150 Michigan police departments, sheriff's offices and MSP will join together to launch "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

The event is being held at the Grand Woods Lounge in Grand Rapids.

State traffic officials are taking a unique approach this year starting the campaign in a bar and introducing the fake Traffic Safety Brewing Company which includes beers called "Call a Cab Cider" and "Left my Keys at Home Lager."

The summer traffic safety 6 pack will be featured at Grand Woods Lounge as a reminder to drive sober.

Police tell us the campaign is especially important because last year 354 people were killed in drug and alcohol related crashes. That's a 3 and a half percent increase over 2012.

The end of summer drunk driving crackdown will officially be launched at 10 Friday morning.  It runs through Labor Day.

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