Strong winds could hit Georgia on Christmas Eve

The Weather Service also said thunderstorms and isolated tornados "cannot be ruled out."

What will be rain in Georgia is heavy snow and ice in other parts of the country. The Weather Service said the central Plains and upper Midwest should brace for what could be blizzard-like conditions with heavy snow and high winds.

It's also likely to cripple air travelers and anyone hitting the road for the holidays.

Though the rain in Georgia may linger through the evening, it should be gone by Christmas, meteorologist Shirley Lamback said.

The Northeast is still digging out from last week's blizzard, which dumped as much as two feet of snow around Washington, D.C., and points north. Lamback said the area will get a reprieve this time but that it still faces the threat of freezing rain.

Those staying in town should have it easy. Anyone traveling to the West and Midwest may face a bumpy road. Heavy snow is expected for eastern Colorado through North and South Dakota, the Weather Service said. Freezing rain is expected to fall in central states such as Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, the Weather Service said.

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