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.

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New cellphone service warns friends, relatives if you go off grid

Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A free cellphone service promises to keep track of you and warn your friends and relatives if you go off the grid.

It's called KiteString, and it allows you to enter your phone number and the number of an emergency contact.

KiteString then checks in with you by text message at a time you set in advance.

If you answer the text, nothing changes.

But if you don't respond, KiteString automatically sends an alert to your emergency contact.

"I see it as a very empowering tool for crime victims because part of what happens when a crime is committed is a loss in confidence, and I can see this getting some self-confidence back," said Cathy Gurley, who works with crime survivors.

"I think it's a great idea," said bartender Laura Dahl. "I think everyone should go ahead and use it."

Designers say the service is designed for joggers, frequent travelers, and late-night workers.

For more information about KiteString, click here.

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