A storm more typical of March could threaten lives and property with the onset of severe weather over part of the central United States during Christmas 2016. The severe weather threat includes the potential for a few tornadoes. Well south of blizzard conditions, a surge of warm air over the central and southern Plains is likely to increase the risk for violent thunderstorms from late in the day to the nighttime hours on Christmas. “People from the central Plains and middle

Mississippi Valley to the central Plains will need to keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions,” according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio. Thunderstorms could become strong enough to threaten lives and property. There is a likelihood of sporadic power outages and secondary road closures due to fallen trees and high water. READ MORE