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Christmas Day filled with thunderstorms, snowfall, and power outages

Christmas Day thunderstorms gave way to wind and cold that turned the northern half of the Ark-La-Tex into a winter wonderland and power outage nightmare for the area's electric company (click here for SWEPCO's latest outage and restoration update).

Weather concerns began early Tuesday morning as heavy rains and thunderstorms came into the Ark-La-Tex from south Texas. Throughout the day, the National Weather Service issued numerous storm-related watches and warnings for counties and parishes along and south of Interstate 20.

When the storms finally left, there were no reports of any injuries or serious damage, but SWEPCO faced power outages that stretched across northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana.

The storms proved more dangerous to the east and south of the Ark-La-Tex. Several tornados were reported across southeast Louisiana and parts of Mississippi and Alabama. There were also reports of widespread damage.

As day turned into night, colder weather moved in from the northwest, turning rain into snow. The white stuff fell throughout the night to give folks a rare southern white Christmas.

SWEPCO crews were still trying to make repairs caused by the Christmas Day thunderstorms when new outages started popping up because of the cold. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, about 14,500 SWEPCO customers in northeast Texas and southwest Arkansas still had no power. The largest number of outages according to SWEPCO's outage map was in Titus County, which by mid-Wednesday morning still had over 4,000 SWEPCO customers without electricity. Nearby Morris County was reporting over 2,200 outages. Crews are still out trying to restore power as quickly as they can.

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