| AUSTIN, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas Dec 20 Holiday travelers heading
home for Christmas face some rough going this weekend as a
winter storm threatens tornadoes, floods, snow and ice for a
wide swath of the United States.
Forecasters are predicting up to a foot (30 cm) of snow for
some parts of the Midwest, while other states slightly to the
east already have flood watches in effect.
Tornadoes are threatened along the central Gulf Coast on
Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service, which
is also predicting heavy snow for northern New England
Further south along the East Coast, where temperatures could
reach record highs of 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (16-21 C) over
the weekend, travelers would do well to get in most of their
road time before a cold front hits the region on Sunday evening,
according to Accuweather.com.
Downpours and high winds are then expected to pummel states
from Georgia to New York with icy conditions forecast in
northern New England, making for poor travel conditions there
late Sunday and Monday.
The bad weather is expected to give way to sunny skies and
moderate temperatures over most of the United States by
Christmas Eve on Tuesday, with some patches of snow and rain but
mostly mild conditions, said meteorologist Chris Dolce of The
"The map really clears out," he said.
On Saturday, rain and thunderstorms begin the onslaught from
the Texas panhandle through the Ohio Valley, with damaging winds
and flooding likely in some areas, according to the National
Severe weather with potential tornado activity threatens the
Southern Plains states of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi,
according to The Weather Channel.
(Reporting by Karen Brooks; Editing by Scott Malone and Leslie