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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Dozens raise money for local youth swim programs

Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Dozens of people hit the water Saturday to raise money for local youth swim programs.

More than 70 people participated in the Goguac Lake swim in Battle Creek Saturday.

The event is in its 87th year, and all the proceeds go to the local YMCA for their 'Begin to Swim' program.

Organizers of the event say the program is open to all kids.

"We work with some of the local shelters to get some of the underprivileged kids in here and really give them opportunity to do something fun and to keep them safe," said Race Director Rebecca Lillie.

The race was held in memory of local swim coach Leroy Sparks.

He coached swimming and diving for many years at Battle Creek Public Schools, earning two national championships and producing 75 All-Americans.

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