Greensboro, NC -- The combination of a western winter storm and moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico will bring a threat of severe weather to the area.
The strong system will develop out from the western states into Christmas day. The very powerful low pressure system will track towards to the east...then to northeast from the Gulf Coast to the middle Atlantic Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Here locally, we can expect showers and thunderstorms into Wednesday afternoon. This system could produce damaging straight line winds and isolated tornadoes.
The greatest risk of severe weather will be along east part of the state. Winds could gust over 35 MPH on Wednesday evening into the night.
We can expected about 1 to 2 inches of rain across the region.
Nasty weather, including a chance of strong tornadoes and howling thunderstorms, could be on the way for Christmas day along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to north Florida.
Winter Storm Weather History:
Ten storm systems in the last 50 years have spawned at least one Christmas-time tornado with winds of 113 mph or more (F-2) in the South, according to Chris Vaccaro, a National Weather Service spokesman in Washington. The most lethal were the storms of Dec. 24-26, 1982, when 29 tornadoes in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi killed three people and injured 32; and those of Dec. 24-25, 1964, when two people were killed and about 30 people injured by 14 tornadoes in seven states.
Stay tuned for updates.
WFMY News 2 Weather.