WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

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 10-12" 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.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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Falling tree causes motorcycle crash in Ottawa Co.

Updated: Saturday, August 23, 2014
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TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A motorcyclist and his passenger are taken to the hospital after a tree falls in their path.

It happened around 7:50 p.m. Friday. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Timothy Verstrate and 51-year-old Eileen Verstrate, both from Grand Rapids, were riding a motorcycle eastbound on Lovers Lane, west of 14th Ave in Tallmadge Township.

Deputies say a tree fell in front of the motorcycle, completely blocking the road. The cycle hit the tree and went off the side of the road, into a deep ditch.

Deputies say both were wearing helmets and were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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