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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Parents stand up to make schools safer

Updated: Thursday, March 7 2013, 07:31 AM EST
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BATTLE CREEK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut has hundreds of Battle Creek parents taking action Wednesday night.

Instead of waiting for funding to pay for more security, they’re thinking about what they can do right now.

The Watch D.O.G.S. program brings in volunteer fathers, grandfathers and even uncles in your school.

They hope it will impact the children in ways you might night have thought of.

Concerned parent and police sergeant Brad Palmer is working with Principal Denise Myers to bring the international program, Watch D.O.G.S. to Battle Creek.

It’s a program already endorsed by the PTA and U.S. Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan.

“Dads are in the hallways were on the playgrounds were at recess were in the classroom. They're our eyes and ears not necessarily our security force but it is a great deterrent to have male figures in the building,” said Palmer.

They’ll not only greet whoever comes through the doors or walk the halls, but also become mentors.

“40% of all our kids will lay their heads down and not have their father in the home with them. You will have a very rigid schedule and you'll be busy all day long so it gives you an opportunity interact with all these wonderful kids and have a positive impact on their life,” said Palmer.

The hope after Wednesday night’s presentation is for hundreds to sign up for just one day.

“I'm pretty sure once they come and spend a day with kids they'll be back,” said Myers.

All of the volunteers will need to fill out applications and pass a background check.

Newschannel 3 plans to be at tonight’s meeting which starts at 6:30 p.m. and will have more for you tonight at 11 p.m.

You can learn more about the program by clicking here.
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