Turbulent weather threatens Thanksgiving holiday travel

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Winter is officially weeks away, but three weather systems are headed into Kansas, so it's time to make sure you are prepared.

Snow arrives in extreme Northwest Kansas very early Tuesday morning and it will gradually spread east throughout the day.Weather models remain consistent when it comes to positioning the heaviest accumulation across Cheyenne, Sherman, Rawlins and Thomas County where 5" to 7" will be possible with locally higher totals not out of the question.  

As many folks hit the road Wednesday the weather is expected to cooperate for the most part. The vast majority of Wednesday will be dry with favorable driving weather with highs reaching into the low 30s in Northwest Kansas with the low to mid 40s for the rest of KAKEland with some beneficial sunshine. It is not until late Wednesday that light mixed precipitation will be possible.

A system sliding across KAKEland will bring rain and snow to the state Thanksgiving Day. In between the rain and snow, a narrow band of mixed precipitation, including light freezing rain and sleet, will be possible. 

Another round of wet weather is expected Friday and a few thunderstorms can't be ruled out for North and South Central Kansas. High temperatures on Friday will climb into the 40s, 50s and 60s so slick roads are not expected to be a concern.

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The Kansas Division of Emergency Management encourages all Kansans to take the opportunity to prepare for winter by making a home emergency kit that includes food, water, medications, extra clothing, flashlights and batteries, battery-operated NOAA weather radio and other necessities. If you already have a kit, now would be a good time to check their supplies and refresh any outdated food, medicines, batteries and other perishables. Make sure your kit includes supplies for your pet.

You should also review your home emergency plan and update any phone numbers, addresses, and other information so you can keep in contact with family and friends. 

"As winter weather moves into our state, I urge all Kansans to make sure they are prepared," Gov. Laura Kelly said. "We all know how Kansas weather can rapidly change, so be sure you are ready for whatever comes our way."

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