Thanksgiving is still more than 10 days away, but some potentially good news awaits holiday travelers in the nation’s heartland.
The weather for Thanksgiving weekend is shaping up to be warm and dry across Kansas and most of the western half of the country, weather agencies say. While that may not be welcomed by shoppers who want wintry weather to set the holiday mood for Black Friday shopping, it is likely to please motorists heading over the river and through the woods for family gatherings.
The forecasts may be met with skepticism by Kansans who have seen early November dominated by unusually chilly, gray days — and a snowy conclusion to October.
But AccuWeather is calling for highs in the mid- to upper 50s throughout the holiday weekend, with plenty of sunshine on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is projecting temperatures well above average for almost all of Kansas, along with dry weather.
As winter arrives, it’s common for storm systems to roll through the Plains much more frequently than they do other times of the year, National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Howerton said.
Longtime Kansans will have memories of Thanksgivings in shorts and a day or two later dealing with snow — or having a frigid Thanksgiving and short sleeves by the next Sunday.
“To keep the same thing locked in for a four-day weekend is uncommon,” Howerton said. “Typically, you’re going to get a change along the way.”