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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Santa takes to skies in hot air balloon in Japan

JAPAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Santa Claus is getting ready for his extremely busy schedule in the next few days.

Despite that, though, he took time out this weekend to deliver some early Christmas presents to children in Central Japan.

The jolly old elf decided against his reindeer and took off in a hot air balloon instead.

Three balloons took off carrying packages and candy for 200 children.

One boy said he was happy to get a gift from Santa, and that he woke up at 7:00 a.m. to wait for the balloon.

The event was organized by a hot air balloon club.