WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

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 10-12" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so along/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 6-10" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 4-6". 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: 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 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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Ferris State student in critical condition after passing out in snowbank

Updated: Friday, February 15 2013, 11:33 PM EST
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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Ferris State University student found near death in a snowbank is from Grand Rapids, we learned Friday.

18-year-old Nicholas Suttles was discovered near campus in Big Rapids just before 8:00 a.m. Friday.

Investigators believe he'd been lying in the snow since 3:00 a.m.

They say Suttles left a party between 12:30 and 1:00 a.m., apparently drunk, and he may have stumbled into the snow bank and gotten stuck.

Police initially thought they were dealing with a crime, though.

"It was just suspicious finding somebody in the snow, he didn't have a jacket on, his clothes were wet," Det. Brian Miller with Big Rapids Public Safety explained.

Suttles was airlifted to a hospital in Grand Rapids, where he's in critical condition.
Ferris State student in critical condition after passing out in snowbank
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