Thursday, November 19, 2015

Strong front Friday - Thanksgiving travel preview

Wednesday evening sunset - courtesy Lisa Pitts - Hutch

This has just been a crazy week. Tornadoes on Monday, blizzard on Tuesday, and now this 4.7 magnitude earthquake that woke most of us up early Thursday. Wow!

Our weather looks rather quiet for Thursday afternoon with sunshine and cooler weather. Highs will stay in the 50s. 

Forecast wind for Friday evening
The next cold front will arrive Friday evening. You will know exactly when it hits because the wind is going to quickly switch to the north and get very gusty. Our Future Track shows that by 6:30 p.m., much of the state will have experienced a wind shift and it will be howling for awhile. There will be a few sprinkles or flurries, but they will be brief and not last for more than just a few hours. 

If you have plans to travel next week for Thanksgiving, here is a preview of what the weather pattern will look like and what kinds of conditions you may encounter as you head out. A big storm system will be developing and coming into the Pacific Northwest, so the greatest potential of travel delays will be in that area. By Wednesday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, light snow will stretch from the Colorado Rockies to Montana. There could be some light snow in the higher elevations of California. Around Kansas, I would expect mild weather and windy conditions out of the south. But overall, travel weather doesn't look too bad for much of the country.

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