WICHITA, Kansas (KSN) – With the warm temperatures Kansans have enjoyed this week, it seems hard to imagine winter weather with the travel problems such storms bring would be something for travelers to worry about.
But Mother Nature has winter headed our way. That means travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend need to know when they should leave so they can get ahead of or stay out of the way of the bad weather.
KSN has been working to find the best and safest times for you to travel over the next few days.
By 8 a.m. Thanksgiving day anyone traveling north, south and east are in the clear. But those planning to go northwest or west in Kansas could encounter some rough and somewhat slick areas.
By five o’clock Thursday evening the western part of the state should have snow and ice, so it wouldn’t be wise to travel in that direction. All other directions should be clear at that time.
By 8 a.m. Friday, the northwest and western parts of Kansas will still be a problem, and the north and south parts of the state will be seeing rain which still won’t be favorable for travel by car.
By about five o’clock Friday night inclement weather should be covering the entire KSN viewing area, and it’s not recommended you travel anywhere at that time. The same applies for the rest of Friday and into Saturday morning.
If you’re planning on taking the train out of Newton, the trains headed to Albuquerque, Kansas City and Omaha on Thursday and Friday do leave early enough in the morning to avoid much of the rough weather that’s set to hit our area over the next two days.
The evening train out of Newton towards Omaha is the only train that could be affected by any of the rain, snow or ice that’s expected to hit the KSN viewing area.
If you’re planning to fly out of Wichita, it’s best to check www.FlyWichita.com to double check all your travel plans.
The most important thing to remember is to keep a close eye on the weather. Wherever you’re headed, you can keep track of the latest weather developments on KSN.com.