For many, it'll be a windy, warm and wet Christmas Eve, with travel headaches

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Christmas Eve is shaping up to be windy, wet and warm instead of white across much of the country. That could create headaches for some travelers, especially in the Great Lakes and the Northeast.

A storm that forecasters had feared could bring several inches of snow to Illinois, including the air travel hub of Chicago, was expected to track farther east.

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Flight tracking service FlightAware said that by mid-morning, more than 225 flights had been canceled nationwide. Chicago's O'Hare Airport accounted for 93 of them.

High winds are expected in Michigan and Ohio. Meteorologists warned gusts of 65 mph in western New York could blow away holiday decorations.

Temperatures topped 50 degrees in some areas of New York and New Jersey, where rain and thunderstorms were possible.

Much of Georgia was under a tornado watch a day after severe storms in the South killed at least four people.