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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Hundreds expected for first National Gay Blood Drive Friday

Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Friday, hundreds are expected to show up for the first National Gay Blood Drive.

60 cities across the nation will be participating, including Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.

It's a drive designed to send a message.

Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

The policy was put in place at a time the blood supply could not be tested for several viruses, including HIV and AIDS.

Now, blood is more easily screened for viruses through DNA testing.

The national blood drive hopes to change that policy.

"It's a nice way to know that you are making a difference," said donor Cara Nicolas.

"It is truly saving a life or three," said deferred donor Josh Neumeyer. "Of course, with the deferral for gay and bisexual men, I can't give anymore."

Those who can't donate are encouraged to bring a friend to donate in their place.

If you would like to give blood Friday, you can head to the American Red Cross in Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids from noon to 6:00 p.m.

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