December 25th, 2012
02:41 AM ET

Christmas tornadoes, snow possible as weather system moves east

A large, powerful storm system threatened to bring a white Christmas to parts of the Great Plains and dangerous tornadoes to the Southeast, forecasters said.

A winter storm warning is in effect through at least midnight Tuesday for much of Oklahoma and Arkansas and parts of southern Missouri. By the time the storm is through, these areas could have between 4 to 6 inches of sleet and snow.

But precipitation is just part of the concern. The same system could produce relatively long-lasting tornadoes not normally seen this time of year, the National Weather Service notes in its severe weather outlook.

A moderate chance of severe weather is forecast from southeast Texas to portions of the Florida panhandle, according to forecasters. The threat of severe storms may reach as far east as parts of Alabama, southeast Tennessee and western Georgia by Tuesday evening and could reach coastal South Carolina by early Wednesday, the weather agency said.

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  1. Chinatown Bus lines

    It's a winter season and Christmas is arrived so it's possible that snow may come to make this Christmas more beautiful..The same system could produce relatively long-lasting tornadoes not normally seen this time of year

    December 25, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ little mister ©:
    A Merry, Merry Christmas to you.
    JIF

    December 25, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Merry Christmas to all my blogging buds!

    December 25, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    merry christmas everyone...remember to keep Christ in your christmas!

    December 25, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    If anyone has preponderance of evidence (citation please) that Christ was born at this specific time of year, please bring it forth. As to Xmas, have a man-made Merry Xmas.

    December 25, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    The Bible does not give a specific date. It simply states: "THere were also in that same country shepherds living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks. And suddenly God's angel stood by them, and born to you today a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." – Luke 2:8-11

    December 25, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Facts point to Jesus' birth at approximately the beginning of October when shepherds with their flocks would still spend the night in the fields

    December 25, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Secondly: The only event Jesus specifically instructed his followers to commemorate was his death, not his birth, and this was to be done as a simple communion meal. Luke 22:19, 20

    December 25, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Thirdly: There is no historical evidence that the early Christians celebrated the birth of the Christ. But they did memorialize his death. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

    December 25, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    It was not until more
    than 300 years after Jesus’ birth that Christendom
    officially began to observe Christmas on
    December 25. Interestingly, in themid-17th century,
    an act of parliament banned Christmas celebrations
    in England. In the United States, the
    Massachusetts General Court did the same.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    “There is no biblical or historical reason to place
    the birth of Jesus on December 25.” It adds that
    to the Puritans, “Christmas was nothing but a
    pagan festival covered with a Christian veneer.”

    December 25, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    That brings us to a fourth reason: The unsavory
    origin of the celebration itself. The roots of
    Christmas can be traced back to pagan Rome
    with its mixture of festivals for honoring the agricultural
    god Saturn and the sun god Sol Invictus,
    or Mithra.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Anthropologists Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling, coauthors of the
    book Pagan Christmas, write: “Like many pre-Christian customs and beliefs, the old feast commemorating
    the yearly return of the sun was rededicated
    to the birth of Christ.”
    In view of the foregoing, can you see why true
    Christians do not celebrate Christmas?

    December 25, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Mary

    My long ago research has to admit that you are correct in your postings. But, I also decided long ago it is not mine or anyones place to tell others they are wrong in their beliefs. Each person has the right to believe and worship ( or not ) as they choose. Who is to say who is right and who is wrong ?
    Now, that being said, HAPPY HOLIDAYS to "all" my blogging friends.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat)©,
    Where in my posts did I order or tell others NOT to celebrate Christmas ? Some do some do not, I pointed out the reasons why some do not.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The misconception probably when you said if people were true Christians, they wouldn't celebrate Dec. 25th as Jesus's birthday.

      December 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
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