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A vehicle sits among debris in an area near Linden, Tenn., on Dec. 24. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South. (Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

One of the busiest travel seasons of the year got off to a very rough start as what the National Weather Service called a “particularly dangerous situation” snarled air traffic at major airports in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

The weather system, similar to what would be seen in early spring, spawned a series of tornadoes across the country’s midsection, killing at least 10, injuring approximately 40 people and disrupting holiday travel for tens of thousands.

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