WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, WINTER STORM WATCH

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" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected. However, Allegan, Barry and Eaton counties could see between 4-7", and between 3 and 5" could fall along a line from Holland to Grand Rapids to Lansing. 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 WATCHfor the following counties in West Michigan, effective from 7 pm Saturday until 10 pm Sunday: 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 Watch area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 7 and 10" 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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Helium shortage continues on, no end in sight

Updated: Wednesday, February 13 2013, 03:00 PM EST
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - If you had your sights set on getting your loved one a helium-filled balloon this Valentine's Day, you may be slightly disappointed.

A national shortage of helium is preventing flower shops around the nation from filling up balloons.

Here in Kalamazoo, the owner of Ambati Flowers says they have been without any balloons for nearly 8 months now.

They were supposed to receive a tank in January, but it never came.

The owner says they've only received a few canceled orders because of it.

They're mostly substituting the balloons with other things like chocolate or teddy bears.

Helium is not only used in balloons, but in welding and medical devices.

So far, the shortage has no end in sight.
Helium shortage continues on, no end in sight
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