WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES & WARNINGS

UNTIL 7 AM FRIDAY

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES remain for Kalamazoo, Van Buren, St. Joe, Branch, Allegan, Barry, Ottawa, Kent, Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo counties until 7 AM Friday.  Lake effect snow, heavy at times, drops 4" to 8+" of snow through Friday morning.  Approaching 10" or more are possible in some cities.  Westerly winds gusting to 35 mph create blowing and drifting snow, especially in open areas.   

Ionia, Eaton, and Calhoun counties have been added to our existing WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES; expiration time is 7 PM tonight.  Snowfall totals of 1" to 4+" are possible.  

WINTER STORM WARNINGS remain in Berrien, Cass counties until 4 AM Friday for in excess of 6" of snow.  As of this point, snow has been sparse; WARNINGS may be revised.

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Fewest Americans since 2007 seek jobless benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, the fewest since October 2007 - a sign of dwindling layoffs and steady if modest job growth.

The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell 4,000 to 332,000, the fewest since November 2007 and the fifth straight decline.

Applications, which reflect layoffs, have fallen 14 percent this year. That's a sign that companies are cutting fewer workers. But hiring is still sluggish, resulting in only modest net job gains.

Employers have added an average of 192,000 jobs a month this year. The unemployment rate declined to 7.4 percent in July, a 4 1/2 year low. That's still well above the 5 percent to 6 percent range associated with a normal economy.