Returning Wednesday from Christmas celebrations could be a tough, slippery or delayed ride for travelers in many parts of the country.
A major winter storm carrying snow, sleet and freezing rain was forecast to move across the Midwest overnight and continue into the upper Midwest, Upstate New York and parts of New England on Wednesday.
The tornadoes, thunderstorms and damaging winds that struck Tuesday along the Gulf Coast will move into the Carolinas and into parts of Georgia and Florida on Wednesday.
The bad weather threatens to snarl traffic on highways in the Midwest and Northeast and lead to major flight delays and cancellations on one of the heaviest travel days of the year.
A blizzard warning late Tuesday stretched across northeastern Arkansas, southeastern Missouri, southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky and southern Illinois amid predictions of from 6 to 12 inches of snow by Wednesday morning, says Marshall Moss, vice president of forecasting at AccuWeather.
Some areas of Arkansas' Ozark Mountains could get up to 12 inches of snow, making travel "very hazardous or impossible" in the northern tier of the state from near-whiteout conditions.