WIND ADVISORY

10 AM Until 2 AM Saturday

The National Weather Service maintains a WIND ADVISORY for nearly all of West Michigan from 10 AM this morning until 2 AM Saturday morning.  45 mph gusts are likely inland while 50 mph gusts are possible at the Lake Shore.  This kind of wind is capable of bringing down tree branches and creating some power outages.  Obviously, we hope that doesn't happen.  Winds blow from the northwest this morning then from the north by midday and beyond.  Stay with wwmt.com for your weather today and always!

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The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Profiling how one district decides 'snow days'

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There is one question on the minds of parents and students across West Michigan during a snowstorm--will school be closed tomorrow?

For Hamilton Schools, in Allegan County, school leaders are constantly watching the weather the night before.

Superintendent Dave Tebo told Newschannel 3 that most people believe closing school has to do with the buses, but for him, it's all about the young drivers.

"The worst thing is something happens, a kid slides off the road or has an accident because of the conditions; you never want to be the school district that stayed open because of that, because number one, you gotta get them here safe," he said.

The district covers 135 square miles. On certain days, one neighborhood could have 8 inches of snow, while another could have three.

Early in the morning, if it's not an obvious decision, three school officials hit the roads, testing conditions for themselves, and trying to determine whether or not they can safely put kids on the road.

They admit that what other districts do is a major factor, though.

"We're talking to Zeeland to the north of us, see what they're thinking," Tebo said. "We're watching what Fennville and Allegan and Wayland and Hopkins are doing. Superintendents and transportation directors are talking to each other to see what we're seeing on the edge of each other's districts."

And for what it's worth, at last check before this story went to be uploaded to WWMT.com, Hamilton Schools had not yet closed for Friday, February 8th.