Satellite image of the storm early this afternoon. Notice the circulation, and convection firing off along the cold front on the eastern side. (NOAA) Severe weather reports logged 12/25/12 (National Weather Service)
Links: Surveillance video of tornado at Walgreens in Mobile , AL| Fox video of Mobile tornado
Although no tornadoes have touched down so far today, a tornado watch is in effect for eastern North Carolina through 5 p.m. ET.
While tornadoes swarmed near the Gulf Coast, double digit snowfall totals were recorded in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri Christmas Day.
Heavy snows are blanketing parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, western Maryland, and Ohio on this Boxing Day - with strong winds creating near blizzard conditions in some areas.
Here are a few more impressive images and photos of the storm...
Water vapor imagery shows another view of the storm this afternoon. Dry air wraps into the middle of the storm, strong thunderstorms erupt sout east of the center, and a large “comma head” is seen on the west and southwest side of the storm (NOAA) Radar and surface map from midday showing double low pressure structure and huge swath of precipitation from Florida to Illinois. (National Weather Service) The storm has dropped 8 to 10 inches of snow in Garrett county Maryland, location of this photo, along with strong winds. (Mark Hoekzema) A cardinal amidst the snow in Centreville, Va. this morning. After a heavy dusting of snow, precipitation changed to rain for the rest of the day. (Kathryn Prociv)
Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.