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12/23/09 A Storm Chasers Christmas

Well, it really has been a storm chasers Christmas for chasers in the southern plains, and even a little in the Upper Midwest. A potent storm system moved into Texas last night, and even dropped tornadoes in Longview, Texas.

Today Blizzard Warnings are in effect for most of the Northern Plains, and Winter Storm Warnings for most of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. On the SE side of the Low, Tornado Watches have been in effect all day, and earlier this morning, the SPC highlighted an area in Southern Louisiana as a Moderate Risk. This sure is a crazy storm. Its gives us chasers one last little glimpse of 2009.

Meanwhile, here in Michigan the story is a little freezing rain tonight, then mostly dry overnight, until the rain starts in the AM. Eventually tomorrow night, the rain will change to snow. Everyone stay safe, and be careful out on the slick roads. Also, everyone have a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays.

Here is an image from the National Weather Center cam in Oklahoma. If you look closely, you can make out the building in the background, but for most of the day, it has been a complete whiteout. You can check out the live cam here: NWC Cam

Below is a surface map of this Holiday storm.

Animated image of MSLP (blue), and temperature (yellow). Notice how tight the isobars-its incredible.