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 for the latest updates.

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Predictions call for gas prices to continue rising

Updated: Wednesday, February 20 2013, 11:59 PM EST
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Gas prices are on the rise, and experts predict it's only going to get worse.

As of 5:00 Wednesday evening, a gallon of regular was going for $3.89 at the BP in Byron Center.

According to an expert with, the average price in Michigan was $3.88, and the highest it will go in the next few months is estimated in the low $4 range.

The $4 mark is what some people are considering the tipping point.

"I'm old enough to remember when gas was $0.25 a gallon, here it is $4 a gallon," Tom Chandler told us.

So why are we paying more at the pump?

"Apparently, there's a lot of investors that believe oil demand is going up and that they can buy low and sell high," said Patrick DeHaan, with

DeHaan sees a light at the end of the tunnel, though, saying oil prices were down Wednesday, but there's still Governor Snyder's proposal to up the gas tax to help fund infrastructure repairs.

"If the Governor passes a bill that authorizes another 14 cent gas tax, 14 cents will be added to retail prices, it'll just go right up," he said.

As long as prices climb though, many drivers like Tom Chandler will drive and spend less.

"People are going to start, and myself included, won't eat out as much," Chandler said. "And that in turn is going to hurt the economy cause a lot of people work in the food industry."

Some experts are predicting a more dramatic increase than that, however, so we may have to wait and see.
Predictions call for gas prices to continue rising
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