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Twisters in the South, Midwest snow; Northeast next as big storm system slows holiday travel

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    A house in the Midtown section of Mobile, Ala. is damaged after a tornado touched down Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Kittrell) MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

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    In this image from video provided by WALA-TV in Mobile, Ala. a tornado touches down in Mobile on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. The tornado hit some areas of downtown Mobile Tuesday, causing severe damage in the area before moving north, officials said. (AP Photo/WALA-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT: WALA-TVThe Associated Press

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    A house in Tioga, La., is severely damaged after an apparent tornado tore through the area Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/The Daily Town Talk, Melinda Martinez) NO SALESThe Associated Press

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    A home is damaged and its lawn is covered with debris after a tornado touched down Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)The Associated Press

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    A home in the Midtown section of Mobile, Ala. is damaged after a tornado touched down Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. A Christmas Day twister outbreak left damage across the Deep South while holiday travelers in the nation's much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Kittrell) MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

A massive storm system that dumped blinding snow and sleet around the nation's midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes across Louisiana and Alabama is trekking toward the Northeast, slowing holiday travel.

Post-Christmas travelers braced for a second day of flight delays and cancellations, after the rare Christmas Day twisters splintered numerous homes. The storm system is blamed for three deaths and several injuries though no one was killed in the tornadoes.

Farther north on a line from Little Rock, Ark., to Cleveland, blizzard conditions are predicted for snow up to a foot deep as the system churned toward the Northeast.

Mobile was the biggest city hit by a twister on Tuesday. The storms knocked down countless trees, blew the roofs off homes and left many Christmas celebrations in the dark.