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Ice Skating Has Begun in Downtown Grand Rapids

Ice Skating has officially begun downtown here in Grand Rapids, as Rosa Parks Circle has been filled with water and frozen over!  I watched the zamboni finishing up the ice the other day, as they got ready to begin the skating, and then went back Friday night for the first night of skating!

If you're taking the family for some skating, here's all the information on where to go and what to do.  If you going for a date, you're going to have a lot of fun.

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Car Survival Hacks for Winter – Do They Work or Are They Junk?

Everyone has their own little life hack for everything.  I was telling someone my stupid little hack for staticy shirts today.  Do they work?  Are they just made up?

Some of these winter car hacks sound like great ideas, and I'm going to try them, but since I'm still new at this snow and ice thing, if you have more info for me, that would be great.

Do these things work?

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Kyle and Kelly Adams
Kyle and Kelly Adams
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: This Dog Couldn’t Care Less About the Snow Maze Rules [Video]

Ginzey the dog is not at all interested in the official rules of the snow maze.

All Ginzey wants to do is find his owner. So, to hell with the rules!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Crazy Snow Wall Descends on Buffalo [Video]

No, this is not a promotional video for "The Day After Tomorrow."

This is an actual time-lapse video of the skyline in Buffalo. The imposing white wall pictured is lake-effect snow, which blew in from Lake Erie and ravaged the city Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Joshua Lott, Getty Images
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Hazardous Travel Warning Issued by National Weather Service for Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Winter officially does not arrive until next month, but it sure feels like it's already here, doesn't it?

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has issued a winter storm warning in effect from this afternoon through 9 p.m. Tuesday. The bottom lines: heavy lake-effect and blowing snow.

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Grand Rapids First Snowfall of the Season Caught on Timelapse!

I'm probably the only person in Grand Rapids who's been excited for the return of winter to town.  I know I'm certainly the only person in the building who's excited.

So ready, that I set up my GoPro in the window here at work, to catch the first snowfall to come down in downtown GR last night.  We've had little flurries, like the other day and on Halloween, but nothing that sat on the ground and stuck for a bit.

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Craig O'Neal
Craig O'Neal
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: NBC’s Brian Williams Sets the Record Straight On the Peeing Weatherman [Video]

We posted a video this week that showed an awkward moment during a weather report on "The NBC Nightly News."

Anchor Lester Holt threw it to the weatherman in the field, The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel. However, because of some technical difficulties, Seidel was not able to hear him. He was standing with his back to the camera and it looked like he was peeing in the North Carolina snow.

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Rachel Kramer
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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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Johnnie’s TBT – Meeting Metallica in 1997

Today is the anniversary of Metallica's black album release, so I figured I try this throwback Thursday thing for once.

This doesn't go back to '92, but '97, when Metallica was touring for the Load album, before Reload came out.  I got the chance to hit a couple shows, as I was part of a station event where we gave away a trip to Phoenix for the Metallica show on January 5th, and then we raced back for the show in Las Cruces on January 6th.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Philadelphia Reporter Destroyed by Snow Plow [Video]

Meet Steve Keeley. Steve Keeley, meet these snow plows.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Farmer in Minnesota Builds 50-Foot Tall Snowman [Video]

For the last month and a half, Foley farmer Greg Novak has been busy building a 50-foot tall snowman.

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Winter 2013-14 Second Snowiest on Record in Grand Rapids

It's the second snowiest winter on record in Grand Rapids and it's not over yet.

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