Storms, tornado threats for Christmas around US

Christmas Day in Central Fla. warm, cloudy

Published On: Dec 24 2012 07:06:34 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 25 2012 11:52:04 AM EST

Nasty weather is already complicating travel in parts of the U.S., with forecasts of snow, thunderstorms and more threatening a sloppy Christmas Day from Texas to Florida.

In Oklahoma, authorities were already warning would-be travelers to stay home Tuesday as freezing rain and sleet caused a 21-vehicle pileup on Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City.

Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph says several people were taken to hospitals, but she didn't have details on their injuries or conditions.

Along the Gulf Coast, residents braced for the possibility of tornadoes and powerful thunderstorms. Quarter-sized hail was reported early Tuesday in western Louisiana, and the weather service said a tornado watch was in effect over parts of southeast and south-central Louisiana until the afternoon.

Meanwhile, in Central Florida, after a weekend of cold weather and a chilly morning, temperatures will continue to rise on Christmas Day. Highs were anticipated in the mid-70s.

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The weather cooled down just before the holiday weekend, with freeze warnings being issued in Marion, Flagler and Sumter counties. Temperatures in Central Florida reached in the 30s.

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