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Christmas Day brought with it strong storms across the Deep East Texas and West Louisiana region. A strong upper level storm system, associated with a warm front dumped a good rainfall and strong winds across the area. There was widespread thunderstorm wind damage reported by officials, as the strongest of the storms tracked eastward through Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine and Sabine Counties before 11 a.m. Two severe thunderstorm warnings were issued by the National Weather Service in association with the storm passage. There were reports of trees down on Hwy. 7 west and 96 South in Shelby County; in Nacogdoches County at Chireno on Farm-to-Market 95; and in Sabine County near Yellow Pine and Six Mile. Official weather observer Jim Forbes, reports over an inch-and-a- half of rain. Both AEP SWEPCO and Deep East Texas Electric Co-op reported some storm-related power outages, but as of today, there are no outages in the immediate area. After the storms and heavier rain had cleared the area, winds gusted to near 30 mph. There were even snow flurries last night and early this morning, with locations north of Deep East Texas reporting accumulations of wintry precipitation. Skies have begun to clear, and winds subsiding, with sunny and cool weather the forecast today. Lows tonight are expected to dip to the mid 20s.

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