WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

 A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-14" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 10-14" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 6-10". 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 until 6 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ionia, Ottawa, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm  until 6 am Monday.

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

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Hagel optimistic on deal with Afghanistan

Updated: Sunday, March 10 2013, 06:30 PM EDT
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JALALABAD, Afghanistan (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he's optimistic that American officials can work things out with Afghan leaders, even in light of the suicide bombings.

Hagel made his first trip to Afghanistan as Defense Secretary this weekend.

On the first morning of his trip, two suicide bombings killed at least 19 people, including a U.S. contractor.

A Taliban spokesman says the attacks were a warning to Hagel.

Hagel is now expected to meet with Afghan President Karzai, who ordered the U.S. forces to leave the province just outside Kabul because of allegations that Afghans working with the commandos were involved in abusive behavior and torture.

U.S. officials are denying the allegations.
Hagel optimistic on deal with Afghanistan
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