2012 Texas Motor Speedway Weather Forecast: What's The Chance For Severe Storms This Weekend?

The top question and comments I've received on Twitter this week from NASCAR fans has been about the potential threat of severe weather this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

This is very understandable, given what transpired back on April 3 around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, when 17 confirmed tornadoes touched down.

The risk for a severe weather outbreak Saturday night during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race is low. Most of the forecast for Friday night and Saturday night looks mostly dry. All the reports you are seeing from other outlets are correct – there is a severe weather threat this weekend for north Texas, including Dallas/Fort Worth – but it appears that threat is later in the weekend going for Sunday not Saturday.

Just because the worst and main severe threat is on Sunday, it doesn't mean there the threat of severe storms on Saturday is nonexistent. There is a threat of severe storms in Texas on Saturday, but at this point it appears to be more west and northwest of Fort Worth extending into Oklahoma.

The threat is close enough, though, that storms could stray into the area and would need to be monitored.

Please follow me on Twitter @NASCAR_WXMAN and like me on Facebook for the latest weather updates through the week.

Conditions in Fort Worth, TX: Click here for Current Weather ConditionsLook at Doppler Radar | Mobile Friendly Site | Mobile Radar

THURSDAY:
5:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Practice – Partly sunny, and windy – temp: 78
7:30 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Practice – Partly sunny, and windy – temp: 76

FRIDAY:
11:00 a.m. EDT
Nationwide Final Practice – Partly sunny, breezy – temp: 70
3:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Partly sunny, breezy, isolated storm – temp: 77
5:00 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Partly sunny, breezy, isolated storm – temp: 78
6:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Partly sunny, breezy, isolated storm – temp: 77
8:00 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Partly cloudy, breezy, isolated storm – temp: 75

SATURDAY:
7:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy, chance of scattered to isolated thunderstorms – temp: 79

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