The major snowstorm that is headed to the eastern Great Lakes and Northeast has commenced across the southern Plains, creating a white Christmas and nightmares for travelers.

Freezing drizzle earlier this morning led to a series of about 10 collisions on Interstate 40, near I-35, at about 2:50 a.m. CST, according to KOCO.

The accident involved 21 vehicles, three of which were semi-trucks. At least 12 people sustained injuries, but none were considered extremely serious.

The freezing drizzle in Oklahoma City will transition to the snow that is spreading eastward from western Kansas and the Texas Panhandle. The snow will even reach Dallas and western Arkansas before the day is over.

Little Rock will turn into a winter wonderland tonight as a blizzard unfolds to the north across southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois. On Wednesday, the snowstorm will take aim at the eastern Great Lakes and Northeast.

A more detailed overview of the snowstorm's track can be found in this news story. Read below for more real-time updates on this Christmas snowstorm.


10:26 a.m. CST: Latest snow totals: 2.0 inches in Colby, Kan., and 3.0 inches 13 miles north of Edson, Kan.

9:31 a.m. CST: meteorologists just finished a special map discussion and decided that the zone of heaviest snow will set up a bit farther to the south and east than currently expected. Snow totals will be closer to 3 inches in Dallas, 3-6 inches in Little Rock and 6-12 inches in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Updated snow map will be forthcoming.

8:24 a.m. CST: Freezing drizzle continues into Oklahoma City, keeping roads very treacherous in the area. Rare Christmas snow is still in the works for this afternoon with a total of 3-6 inches expected.

7:23 a.m. CST: An inch of snow has fallen in Skellytown, Texas.

7:19 a.m. CST: Four inches of snow has already been reported near Glenrio, Texas. Gusty winds have dropped visibility down to near zero.


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5:00 a.m. CST: Freezing drizzle continues in Oklahoma City, Okla.

2:50 a.m. CST: An accident involving 21 vehicles, including three semi-trucks, has closed Interstate 40 near Del City, Okla.

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