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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Missing man's car found in Missouri

Updated: Friday, February 15 2013, 08:36 AM EST
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BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety announced late Thursday night that they have a lead in the disappearance of Fred Byrne.

Officers say that Fred Byrne was last seen leaving his mother's home in Holland Township around 3:00pm on Tuesday.

Byrne mentioned that he intended to stop at Rivertown Crossing Mall in Grandville on his way home to Big Rapids. He hasn't been seen since.

At around 6:00 p.m. Thursday night, Big Rapids authorities were informed that Byrne's 2005 Chevy Malibu was found just outside the Mark Twain National Forest in Van Buren, Missouri.

The vehicle was unlocked, with the keys in the center console, and Byrne's wallet was found on the rear floorboard.

A search was initiated, but due to the rapidly evaporating daylight, it was soon called off.

A more thorough search is expected on Friday.

Byrne is described as a white male, 49 years old, 6'3” tall, 290 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes.

Police say that the fact that he hasn't contacted friends or family is extremely out of character for him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
Missing man's car found in Missouri
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