WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WINTER STORM WARNING

SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY

 A strong storm will be crossing the Ohio Valley Sunday, bringing snow to West Michigan, with some areas perhaps seeing as much as 10-14" of accumulation. Snowfall will be heaviest south as opposed to north, so near/south of I-94 is where the highest accumulations are expected... 10-14" possible. However, Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Ottawa, and Kent could see anywhere from 6-10". 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 until 6 am Monday: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ionia, Ottawa, Van Buren,  St.Joseph, Branch, and Hillsdale. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for Muskegon, Newaygo, Mecosta, and Montcalm  until 6 am Monday.

Stay with Newschannel 3 and wwmt.com for the latest updates.

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Friends, co-workers, remember fallen Mattawan firefighter

Updated: Wednesday, February 27 2013, 08:29 PM EST
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MATTAWAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Mattawan firefighter died Tuesday night, on his way to help others.

22-year-old Nate Fruin was on his way to a fire on M-43 when he suffered what's believed to be a heart attack.

According to his friends, Fruin had no known health issues, other than an injury to his knee.

As a result, it's not difficult to imagine how shocked they were to hear what had happened.

"He started feeling a little ill, so the person that was driving with him pulled over and they called it in as a medical emergency," said Mattawan Fire Chief Terron McLean.

McLean added that by the time help arrived, Fruin was in full cardiac arrest.

Assistant Chief Chad Horton told Newschannel 3 that Fruin started with the Mattawan Fire Department as a cadet at just 16 years old.

"It was his passion," Horton said. "He loved it; he liked to help people."

Horton said the guys always liked to play tricks on Fruin, and he always made them laugh.

"I always told him, if I don't like ya, I'm not gonna waste my breath to pick on ya," Horton recalled. "And I probably picked on him more than anybody."

Horton says that now, though, they're all left with a void, as they remember their 22-year-old friend, to whom they never got a chance to say goodbye.
Friends, co-workers, remember fallen Mattawan firefighter
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