COLUMBIA, Mo. (January 29, 2013)--Record warm temperatures across a swath of the central U.S. were giving way to severe storms high winds and possible tornadoes Tuesday from Texas to Alabama and as far north as Michigan.
The temperature in the central Missouri college town of Columbia reached 77 degrees on Monday, a record high for January.
The spring-like conditions came after a spell of freezing rain, and forecasts predict early-morning snow on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the risks of tornadoes touching down Tuesday is greatest in northeast Texas, northern Louisiana, northwest Mississippi, southeast Missouri and much of Arkansas.
The system is expected to hit much of the eastern United States on Wednesday.