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.

Rare Christmas snow spent much of the midday hours falling in Oklahoma City, then reached Dallas in the afternoon.

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.


2:45 p.m. CST: Snow is falling Mena, Ark., which is located about 80 miles west of Little Rock.

2:00 p.m. CST: Freezing rain and thunder continue at Little Rock. Heavy snow still on tap for this evening.


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1:37 p.m. CST: Snowflakes start flying at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

1:00 p.m. CST: Temperature down to 37 degrees at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It is currently raining, but one does not have to travel far to the west to see snowflakes.

12:12 p.m. CST: Freezing rain is glazing Little Rock, Ark., but 3-6 inches of snow is still expected to accumulate early tonight.

11:52 a.m. CST: Winds are strong enough for blizzard conditions across southwestern Oklahoma and into neighboring parts of Texas. This includes Lawton, Okla.

11:44 a.m. CST:New snow map has been issued.

11:36 a.m. CST: Latest snow total: 2.8 inches at Evergreen, Colo.

10:30 a.m. CST: Snow begins falling in Oklahoma City.

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.

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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