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Christmas storms will likely hinder travel


A strong storm system will likely develop and lift northeastward out of eastern Texas on Christmas Day.

This storm will bring with it holiday travel issues as it will have with it rain, thunderstorms and snow. It will likely bring a band of accumulating snowfall from Oklahoma through the Ozarks and into the western Ohio Valley on Christmas Day. This will impact travel along interstates: 40, 44, 35, 57, 55 and 24.

Further south, rain will be expected from the Lower Mississippi Valley into the Tennessee Valley and the Southeast. Even thunderstorms will be possible along the Gulf Coast with some of these potentially becoming severe. This will slow your travel along interstates: 10, 20, 55 and 65.

The low pressure system will lift over the TN Valley and into lower Ohio Valley during the overnight hours, Wednesday. As it does, it will take the accumulating snow further east into the Ohio Valley. Travel impacts will spread to impact I-70, I-64, I-69 and I-65. Some freezing rain/sleet will also be possible across West Virginia.

During the day Wednesday, the storm will continue to lift northeast into Virginia and will drag colder air behind it. Snow will be a problem from the Ohio Valley into Pennsylvania with even a few snow showers wrapping behind the storm as far south as the Tennessee Valley.

With regards to snowfall amounts, a band of up to 6" or more is possible with this storm system but not definite. However, it does look more likely that a wide swath of 2"-4" will streak out from northeast Oklahoma, across the Ozarks and into the Ohio Valley. It is within this swath that a higher accumulation band is expected but it will be highly dependent on the exact track of the storm center itself.

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