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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Branch Co. business destroyed by fire

Updated: Tuesday, March 5 2013, 09:28 PM EST
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QUINCY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A fire destroyed a Branch County business on Tuesday morning.

Flames ripped through the Longstreet Furniture Store in the Village of Quincy, and now, the owners are assessing the damage.

Hundreds of pieces of furniture were lost in the tangled, charred mess, but even still, firefighters are saying it could have been much worse.

"All these buildings are connected together, so we were able to make that stop and save three-quarters of the business," said Chief Kurt Barve, from the Quincy Fire Department.

More than 60 firefighters from 8 departments, including one from Indiana, worked for hours to put the blaze out and keep it from spreading through the entire complex of buildings at Longstreet Furniture.

While some of his livelihood is still standing, owner Wade Longstreet is struggling to find a silver lining.

"This is our busy time, so we have lots of inventory," Longstreet said. "Worst time it could ever happen."

All the inventory made the fire especially hard to fight, Barve said.

"It's packed floor to ceiling with furniture--reminders, beds, mattresses," he explained.

It's more than just a business; for the Longstreet family, it's a home away from home, and now it's unrecognizable.

Still, they vow to be there for their customers, and say they will rebuild.

"This is just a hiccup," Longstreet said. "We have a store in Marshall, we have a store in Sturgis."

The State Fire Marshall has been called out to help determine exactly what caused the fire.

We're told that could take some time.
Branch Co. business destroyed by fire
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