The risk for a severe weather outbreak Saturday night during the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway continues to remain low.
My thinking and the local National Weather Service office in Dallas-Fort Worth seems to be on the same page. Here is what they have to say about the image above:
A moderate risk of severe storms will occur across central Oklahoma into southeast Kansas by Saturday evening. The tail-end of the forcing will work along an approaching dryline near northwestern North Texas to provide the best lift for scattered severe storms containing large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and frequent lightning late evening and overnight Saturday.
Even though most of the activity on Saturday takes place west and northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there could still be a stray or isolated shower or storm during the afternoon and evening. It is even possible, given how close the threat for severe weather is to Texas Motor Speedway, that any storm that may form could potentially be severe.
Forecast for Saturday night is for just isolated showers and storms with most of the time being dry. I know it only takes one shower or storm to move over the track and ruin the party for everyone but the odds are in NASCAR's favor and I think we see a full race Saturday night. Just know that I will be monitoring radar and updating any weather information that is needed Saturday night.
11:00 a.m. EDT
Nationwide Final Practice – Partly sunny, windy – temp: 71
3:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Final Practice – Partly sunny, windy – temp: 77
5:00 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Qualifying – Partly sunny, windy – temp: 78
6:30 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Qualifying – Partly sunny, windy – temp: 77
8:00 p.m. EDT
Nationwide Race – Partly sunny, windy – temp: 75
7:00 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup race – Partly cloudy, chance of scattered to isolated thunderstorms – temp: 79