Travelers in KS enjoy brief break before next round of winter weather

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) As much of north and northwest Kansas deals with moderate to heavy snowfall and the pain of road closures, another round of storms gradually makes its way to the state.

With that comes a statewide Weather Alert Day for Thanksgiving (Thursday). Storm Team 12 says a mixed bag of winter weather will fire up about 4 a.m. Thursday and last until mid-afternoon.

In the west and the north parts of Kansas, the main concern is slick roads with snow changing to rain. The Wichita area can also expect potentially slick roads Thursday morning with a sleet/rain mix early. This will change into rain by about 10 a.m. and conditions are expected to improve across the state as Thursday morning transitions into afternoon.

If you're traveling in Kansas for Thanksgiving, your best bet to hit the road appears to be Wednesday and you should be okay to head home after conditions necessitating the Weather Alert Day improve Thursday afternoon.

When it comes to reaching a holiday destination, Tuesday's conditions were near ideal for much of the southern half of Kansas, including the Wichita area.

James Frank, traveling with his family from South Dakota to Oklahoma says they moved up their departure to avoid the ongoing snowstorm in the northern plains.

Frank isn't the only one passing through the Wichita area Tuesday who were thankful for smooth sailing. He's one of about 49 million Americans making a road trip for Thanksgiving.

Driving is how Triple-A says nearly 90 percent of Americans plan to get to their Thanksgiving gatherings. Even drivers who time their trips to avoid traveling Thursday morning shouldn't be surprised with some delays later this week.

Triple-A says drivers needing help will be on the rise in Kansas with more than 1,900 rescue calls expected. The Kansas Highway Patrol reminds drivers to be on alert, and be prepared to slow down and move over.