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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Black Arts Festival celebrates African-American culture

Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's festival season in West Michigan and, Sunday, people gathered in Kalamazoo to celebrate African-American art and culture.

It was for the Black Arts Festival in Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. The festival's goal is to develop human potential, self-esteem and creativity among African-Americans in the Kalamazoo area.

Yolanda Lavender, executive director of the Black Arts Culture Center, says "My expectations for this festival have definitely been exceeded. I'm a native of Kalamazoo, so I remember attending this festival with my family as a little girl. This was the thing to do as a teenager."

There was a free gospel concert in the park. Christian dancers and musicians wrapped up the festival Sunday afternoon.

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