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W. Mich. in for more snow on Christmas Day
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - West Michigan is in for more snow, and possible issues resulting from it on this Christmas Day.
There'll be no dreaming of a white Christmas this year, because it's a reality.
Most of West Michigan is covered in a blanket of snow, and with the freezing temperatures, that snow isn't going anywhere.
Of course, the snow and cold are big problems for the thousands of people in West Michigan still without power.
This Christmas, those families are focusing on staying warm, instead of on their holiday celebrations.
In many spots, wind chill takes us into the single digits on Christmas Day.
Barry County has declared a state of emergency as a result of the ice storm, and people are lighting candles, huddling under blankets, and trying to hunt down a hot meal.
For many, it's not exactly the Christmas they envisioned.
If you're looking for a hot meal in Kalamazoo, The Blue Dolphin and Papa Pete's will serve the crowds from noon until 3:00 p.m.
In Battle Creek, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a Christmas Day dinner planned from 10:30 until 2:00.
North Point Church in Plainwell will host a community dinner at Otsego High School from 11:00 until 2:30.
In Grand Rapids, Uncle Cheetah's Soup Shop will serve from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00. In addition, Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids will serve Christmas meals as well; women and children can eat from 11:00 a.m. until noon, and men will be served from 12:30 until 2:00.
There are warming shelters around West Michigan as well.
In Battle Creek, the Red Cross has set up a shelter at their chapter on Beadle Lake Road, which has been open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., but will be from 9:00 to 5:00 Christmas Day.
A shelter in Middleville has been set up at Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School.
In Delton, there is also a shelter at the Barry Township Hall.
The Middleville and Delton shelters are open 24/7.
If you need help, the Red Cross encourages you to call 2-1-1.