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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What the law has to say about love

Updated: Thursday, February 14 2013, 12:16 PM EST
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NEWSCHANNEL 3 - On Valentine's Day you're sure to hear about love, marriage, flowers and candy.  One thing you don't tend to hear much about: what the law has to say about love.
 
According to Lawyers.com, the time surrounding Valentine's Day is the peak season for proposals.  And when people get swept up in the romance, they often forget about the ramifications.
 
So NewsChannel 3 took a look at some of the “legalities of love.”
 
For instance, if a couple gets engaged and eventually calls it off, who gets to keep the ring?
 
“The answer can actually be found in state law,” says Larry Bodine, Editor-in-Chief at Lawyers.com. “Legally an engagement ring is a conditional gift given in contemplation of a wedding, so if there’s no wedding in most states the engagement ring has to be returned.”
 
That law does not apply if you live in Washington, Texas or California. In those states, whoever gets jilted gets to keep the ring.  And in Montana, the ring is an “absolute gift” so the recipient does not have to return it.
 
Another topic of interest: falling in love online.  How can you protect yourself from fraud?
 
Bodine recommends, “Do what employers do. Google them, check out their Facebook profile, check out all of their social media profiles because you would be surprised how much incriminating information people put online.  Some of the people you meet online are just angling to find a way to get some money out of you.”
 
Bodine adds that for people who do eventually tie the knot, besides a lifetime of love, marriage also signifies a legal contract.
 
“You can now file a joint tax return, which means you can save some money that way,” Bodine notes. “Marriage also comes up in end-of-life decisions. So if your spouse dies without a will, state law provides that the surviving spouse will inherit the marital estate without any difficulty.”
 
For answers to other questions regarding the “legalities of love” click here:  http://www.lawyers.com/






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