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.

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Saying goodbye to 9-year-old stabbing victim
updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

KENTWOOD, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Family and friends will say goodbye Wednesday to a 9-year-old boy stabbed and killed by another boy on a playground.

Conner Verkerke was killed last week.

The Verkerke family tells us they are trying to focus on the future and on Connor's three siblings.

Police say 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn repeatedly stabbed Conner in the back last Monday at Pinebrook Village Mobile Home Park in Kentwood.

Detective say the attack was unprovoked and that Lawhorn told them he thought he would be killed for stabbing someone.

Lawhorn is being charged as an adult in the juvenile system. He was in court in a Grand Rapids courtroom on Monday where he's been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

At a vigil last week for Connor his family told us they hope communities can learn from this tragedy.

"Embracing community, that's the lesson I think the family really wants you to know. We need to strike a balance between protecting our kids and giving them the freedom to understand the world," said relative Jim Stearns.

Visitation for Connor is Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia Township. His funeral will then follow at 11:30.

We've been given permission to have a reporter at the services; you can look for more on the tribute to Connor Verkerke beginning at noon.

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