Holiday Travelers Brace Themselves For Possible Christmas Day Snow

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Thursday, December 21, 2012

You've probably heard the buzz, there's a chance we'll get snow on Christmas. But a winter storm on christmas could throw a wrench in travel plans for a lot of people.

AAA says about 35% of mid-westerners will be traveling 50 miles or more this holiday season.

Brooke Herren is driving to Kansas City on Christmas Eve.

"Well I've got some family out there so we wanted to get together and with it being on a Tuesday it's kind of hard to work around work schedules so we're going to all get together for the day,” Holiday traveler Brooke Herren said.

We met a couple of K-State fans who are leaving just two days after Christmas and driving to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl.

“We're taking an RV down there so it should be a lot of fun with the whole family so we'll see how it goes,” Holiday traveler Kirsten Sooter said.

Something on the minds of holiday travelers is a possible winter storm hitting Kansas on Christmas day.

"I hope it doesn't affect our travel plans. We'll see how it goes but we really want to get down there to Phoenix and I know everybody's traveling for Christmas and we just want to make sure everyone gets there safely that's our number one concern,” Sooter said.

KAKE Managing Meteorolgist Jay Prater says there's a good chance we'll see snow on Christmas but it's way too soon to tell how much.

"Now even though I say some snow, earlier when we were first looking at this it looked the potential for a lot of snow as in feet over some parts of Kansas. Now the trend looks like inches over some parts of Kakeland,” KAKE Managing Meteorolgist said.

No matter if snow falls this Christmas in Kansas or not, if you're planning on being out on the road, be prepared. Check the forecast before you travel, make sure you have a cold weather emergency kit, and give other drivers some space.

"Typically on dry pavement, 3 to 4 car lengths is normal. You really need to go to 8 to 10 car lengths,” AAA spokesperson Jim Hanni said.

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