Winter storm could make trip home from Thanksgiving hazardous for KC-area travelers

The weather looks fine for Kansas City-area travelers making their way to Thanksgiving destinations this week.

Getting home might be another story.

A winter storm is brewing, and it could make roads hazardous as travelers head home after the holiday.

It’s still unclear whether the storm will hit the Kansas City area directly, but it’s something to watch, said Chris Bowman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

“I would just make sure to keep track of the forecast for Sunday and make any travel changes accordingly,” Bowman said.

A winter storm remains a possibility for the middle part of the country.

“Travel on Sunday could be snarled in Nebraska, Iowa, northeast Kansas and northwestern Missouri,” Bowman said.

Travelers headed to, or coming from, those areas might want to leave Saturday or wait until Monday before making their trips home.

“The travel looks worse the further north you go,” Bowman said. Travelers in southern Missouri, on the other hand, should not have too much trouble.

In the Kansas City area, there’s a growing possibility of snow.

Precipitation will likely start as rain Sunday morning and then transition to snow. The weather will likely worsen throughout the day. The weather should improve Monday morning.

In addition to the winter weather, winds could be strong Sunday, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Despite the looming storm, Thanksgiving Day in Kansas City will probably be a beautiful fall day with temperatures climbing as high as 60 degrees.

But on Friday anyone headed outside may want to bring an umbrella. A quarter of an inch of rain is expected, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.