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. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ Mary

    Let's not get upset here. There was no malice intended in my comment. Didn't mean to hit a nerve.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Merry Christmas, Rawr, my dear friend.

      December 25, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ banasy

      Good morning and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. It's a beautiful day right now, but later is supposed to bring some wicked weather.
      Mrs. Rawr isn't aware, but I have a special date night set up for her tonight.
      Hope you day is full of family joy.

      December 25, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Mrs. Rawr is a very lucky lady.
      My day will be filled to the brim with family and love.
      We even had a light sprinkling of snow last night, so it is a White Christmas!
      Much love to you and yours.

      December 25, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ banasy
      There is nothing better than being surrounded by your loved ones at any time of the year, but the holidays seem to bring an extra dose of love to that togetherness.
      You have a great day.

      December 25, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Try and have a great day anyway, Bee Leaver.

    December 25, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    @ bobcat (in a hat)©, I'm just very tired every time I post, people have the view I am di ctating to them. I am stating facts and opinions of mine, just as any other. It distracts from having a conversation on the issue. And I'm NOT the topic here, it's the origins of Xmas and what Jesus told us to celebrate. Leave Mary's name out of replies.

    December 25, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      As you wish madame.

      December 25, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      A Princess Bride reference!
      Well done, Rawr!

      December 25, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      @mary, now that the sun has gone down and we are on to a new day, why would you knock christmas and have a problem with keepin' Christ innit? who would ever exclude the birthday person from its own celebrations? really, do that make any sense? i believe your true connundrum...IS...why in dah hell do you go by the name Mary? And, do you REALLY believe your name is just a variation of a boat launch?!?!?!

      December 25, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I know, that's crazy ain't it ? You are the only one to post on topic, and the only one to get deleted. Just got to love the reasoning of CNN.

    December 25, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    LMAO @ Rascal, boat launch?

    December 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Down with tornadoes!

    They live and work in little tiny boxes and they are scared of words they do not want to see. Very sad.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
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