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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Fish contamination drops in Muskegon, White lakes

Updated: Thursday, February 28 2013, 09:18 AM EST
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MUKEGON, Mich. (AP) - Officials say progress is being made toward cleaning up toxic waste sites at two western Michigan lakes.
   
The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes says federal officials have concluded that Muskegon Lake and White Lake are not impaired by restrictions on wildlife and fish consumption.
   
That means fish in the two lakes no longer contain higher levels of PCBs and mercury than fish in other area waters. Advisories on eating fish from the lakes are still in effect, but they are no more restrictive than advisories for other nearby inland lakes.
   
Sediment removal projects over the past 15 years have reduced contamination levels in the fish.
   
Officials hope Muskegon Lake and White Lake eventually will be dropped from a list of the Great Lakes region's most contaminated sites.
Fish contamination drops in Muskegon, White lakes
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