A deadly storm system led to tornadoes in the southern United States and wintry conditions throughout the middle part of the country on Tuesday, leaving three people dead. The storm on Wednesday was making its way from the country's midsection toward the East Coast, bringing the risk of major delays to holiday travelers.
Snow was expected across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with northern Ohio, northern Pennsylvania and southern New York set to bear the brunt, according to Weather Channel meteorologist Guy Walton.
Further south, driving rain and thunderstorms were expected throughout the southeast Atlantic, with the tornado threat highest in the eastern Carolinas, according to the national Storm Prediction Center.
Yet more snow is forecast for Thursday in the Northeast to the west and north of the I-95 corridor Thursday into northern New England, with upwards of one foot possible.
The storm claimed three lives on Tuesday: Wind-toppled trees killed a pickup truck driver near Houston, Texas, and a 53-year-old man in north Louisiana, while NBC affiliate KJRH reported that a 28-year-old woman was killed in a crash on a snowy highway near Fairview, Oklahoma.
An estimated 34 tornadoes battered southern states – a record number for Christmas Day, according to the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore. Some were captured on dramatic home videos.