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Christmas winter storm batters the Plains and Northeast
Fri Dec 25 2009 @ 03:38 EST
2:15 PM Friday update: Winter storm warnings continue to be in effect, with Blizzard and white-out conditions, throughout much of the Northern Plains. Very cold air is filtering in behind the powerful low pressure system currently over Iowa. Temperatures have dropped quickly as far east as St. Louis and the cold air will push into the Midwest and the Ohio Valley later today.
3:30 AM Friday update: A major winter storm that developed over the Southern Plains has caused blizzard conditions in the Northern Plains and Midwest, and will bring freezing rain and ice to the Northeast on Friday.
The state of Oklahoma has declared a statewide emergency and ordered all highways closed due to the extreme weather conditions. The airport in Oklahoma City reported 13 inches of snow, and was closed for travel late Thursday night.
6 to 10 inches of snow are expected in Eastern Kansas and Eastern Nebraska. The storm system will push North into the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin through Christmas day. View a web briefing from the Omaha, Nebraska Weather Forecast Office.
Behind the storm system and associated cold front, gusty winds will occur. Wind advisories and high wind warnings are in effect throughout the Southeast. 6 to 10 inches of snow are expected in Northeast
Tornadoes were also reported in Texas on Thursday.
FEMA has further information on Winter Weather precautions.
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