NASCAR At Pocono 2012: Rain Likely For The Pennsylvania 400

The headline above says it all: Rain is likely for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway today. I was tracking showers and storms through Saturday evening and into this morning, and it's just a matter of when will it rain – not if it will rain.

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Showers and storms are likely this morning across central and eastern Pennsylvania. Once the first round comes through, there could be a break. The length of that break is unknown. Once we get into the start of the race and the afternoon, more rain and showers are possible to move through sometimes between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. EDT.

Will we get the race in at Pocono Raceway? That's the main question everyone will be asking me this morning. It could go either way, but it all comes down to timing and development of afternoon storms and showers, as well as breaks long enough to even dry the track.

From all that I am seeing it doesn't look real promising. I give NASCAR a 30-50 percent probability of starting on time. The same odds – if not a little less – apply to getting to halfway. The likelihood of seeing a full race at Pocono Raceway this afternoon appears to be less than 30 percent.

I'm stopping short of declaring this afternoon's race a washout, but if it happens, I won't be surprised.

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Conditions in Long Pond, PA: Click here for Current Weather ConditionsLook at Doppler Radar | Mobile Friendly Site | Mobile Radar

SUNDAY:
12 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-race – Mostly cloudy, chance of shower or storm – temp: 77
1 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Mostly cloudy, chance of shower or storm – temp: 77
2 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Mostly cloudy, possible shower or storm – temp: 78
4 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Mostly cloudy, possible shower or storm – temp: 79

There are no lights and SUNSET is around 8:12 p.m. EDT

MONDAY (just in case):
11 a.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Pre-race – Mostly cloudy – temp: 70
12 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Sunshine and clouds – temp: 72
2 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Partly Sunny – temp: 76
4 p.m. EDT
Sprint Cup Series Race – Partly Sunny – temp: 79

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