Kansas weather updates, via Twitter
Thanksgiving travelers will battle some cold weather, but thus far aren’t likely to have to battle icy roads in the region — unless they are traveling to southern Missouri.
Shawn Byrne, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said Wednesday morning that temperatures well below freezing are expected Wednesday night and Thursday for the Lawrence and Topeka region.
“But the precipitation should be out of here by the time the cold air comes in,” Byrne said.
Temperatures Wednesday night are expected to be in the upper teens, and highs on Thanksgiving Day are expected to be in the mid-30s.
But Byrne said most regional holiday motorists won’t need to change their plans for weather reasons. The one exception may be travelers headed to the Ozarks region of Missouri.
“The main area under the gun is southern Missouri,” Byrne said. “Springfield and Joplin may be areas of concern. If people can travel today, that may be best.”
The Springfield area is expected to have showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night with temperatures dipping below freezing. The area also has about 40 percent chance of freezing rain on Thanksgiving Day.
Outlooks for other regional cities, according to the National Weather Service, include:
• Hays: Dry but cold both Wednesday night and Thanksgiving Day. Wind chills overnight and on Thursday could range from minus 1 to minus 3 degrees.
• Wichita: Windy but dry both days, with an overnight low of about 20 and Thanksgiving high in the mid-30s.
• Omaha: A chance of freezing rain before 9 p.m. Wednesday night. Thanksgiving day is expected to be dry with highs in the low 20s.
• St. Louis: Heavy rainfall is likely Wednesday night but temperatures are expected to remain above freezing. On Thanksgiving Day the chance for freezing rain increases in the early afternoon.
• Oklahoma City: About a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night with temperatures in the upper 20s. Thanksgiving Day is expected to be dry with temperatures in the low 40s.
• Denver: Cold temperatures and below zero wind chills, but mostly dry both Wednesday night and Thanksgiving Day.
The FAA flight delay information website Wednesday morning was reporting Kansas City International Airport to be experiencing very few delays.