WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm 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 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 8-12" possible. However, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-7". 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 from 7 pm Saturday until 4 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. A strong winter storm moving into/across the Ohio Valley will bring periods of heavy snow to the Warning area, beginning late tonight and extending through at least Sunday evening. Forecast models indicate between 8 and 12" 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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Fatal crash closes I-96 for hours in Ionia Co.

Updated: Saturday, February 16 2013, 11:18 AM EST
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IONIA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Portland man is dead after an early morning crash on I-96 near Kent Street.

According to Ionia County Deputies, a Ford F-150 pickup truck, driven by a 57-year-old Portland man was eastbound, and left the roadway.

The truck struck a guardrail and wound up on its roof, still in the eastbound lanes.

At that point, a Ford Escape, driven by a 55-year-old Grand Rapids man, with a 56-year-old female passenger, struck the truck.

The driver of the Escape was transported to Sparrow Hospital in stable condition. The passenger, also transported to Sparrow, is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the F-150 was declared dead at the scene.

Deputies reported that everyone involved was wearing seat belts. At this time, there is no determination as to whether or not alcohol or any other factors were involved.

No names are being released until notifications have been made.

The crash closed eastbound I-96 at Kent Street for several hours.

An investigation is ongoing.
Fatal crash closes I-96 for hours in Ionia Co.
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