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.

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Ridership increases for Amtrak

Updated: Monday, March 4 2013, 09:01 AM EST
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new report coming out Monday morning says more people in Michigan are riding the rails to Chicago and back.

The three rail lines in the state connect the Detroit area, Grand Rapids and Port Huron to Chicago.

According to the Brookings Institution all three routes have experienced double digit increases in ridership since 1997.

In fact, it says shorter lines between major metropolitan areas, like the ones in Michigan, are driving Amtrak's growth nationally.

The Pere Marquette line from Grand Rapids to Chicago has the largest growth with a 68 percent increase in ridership over the 16 years of the study.

Michigan also ranked fourth nationally in state support for Amtrak.

The state spent $35 million between 2007 and 2011.

Ridership increases for Amtrak
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