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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Michigan juvenile lifers still may get freedom

Updated: Sunday, July 13, 2014
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DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan Supreme Court decision won't be the last word about whether hundreds of inmates serving no-parole sentence can get out of prison.

Judges now have more options when they sentence anyone convicted of murder under age 18, including a no-parole punishment. But the court on Tuesday refused to apply the new legal standard to prisoners already behind bars.

The controversy isn't over. Separately, an Ann Arbor federal judge last year ordered parole hearings for more than 300 prisoners. That remedy is on hold while Attorney General Bill Schuette appeals.

Schuette opposes any new benefit for prisoners who have exhausted appeals of no-parole sentences.

The Legislature could change Michigan law to help juvenile lifers. But the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee says there's no support this year.

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