2013 NASCAR At Daytona International Speedway: Showers possible Sunday

The NASCAR Weatherman, Meteorologist Brian Neudorff, takes a look at the weather forecast for this weekend's Daytona 500

Weather remains fairly quiet today and tomorrow as NASCAR prepares for Sunday's Daytona 500. Warm temperatures are expected as we go through this afternoon and into Saturday. Highs will reach the low to mid 80s and it will even be a little humid. The only weather concern we have the next two days will be a slight chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm on Saturday for the Nationwide Series race in the afternoon.

The main weather focus for this weekend at Daytona International Speedway is for Sunday's 55th running of the Great American Race. Cold front moves in across northern Florida Saturday night and into Sunday, bringing a chance of rain and even a few thunderstorms. The front stalls over Daytona Beach on Sunday, and this will be the focusing mechanism for shower and storm develop during the afternoon and evening.

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Since Wednesday the threat of rain has continually increased over northern and central Florida. While I stop short of calling a second straight rain out for the Daytona 500, there could definitely be some rain delays during the day, and possibly even rain shortened. The new Air Titan drier at Daytona International Speedway may be put to the test.

My odds of us seeing the complete Daytona 500 on Sunday is between 50% and 60%. I don't like the trend I am seeing in the forecast, but it doesn't look like a washout. I think we will see scattered showers and thunderstorms form through the morning and into the afternoon. When I say scattered showers, imagine dropping a handful of marbles onto the floor and they scattered all over the place. You don't know where they will go and stop but they are there all over the floor. That's the challenge of forecasting this kind of rain.

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FRIDAY:
12:30 p.m ET
Sprint Cup Series Practice – Partly sunny – temp: 78
1:40 p.m ET
Truck Series Qualifying – Partly sunny – temp: 78
3:35 p.m ET
Nationwide Series Qualifying – Partly sunny – temp: 78
7:30 p.m ET
Truck Series Race – Patchy clouds – temp: 71-68

SATURDAY:
10:30 a.m ET
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Partly sunny – temp: 77
11:30 a.m ET
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Partly sunny – temp: 80
1:15 p.m ET
Nationwide Race – Partly sunny slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm – temp: 82

SUNDAY:
11:00 a.m ET
Daytona 500 Pre-race – Cloudy, chance of a shower – temp: 74
12:00 p.m ET
Daytona 500 Pre-race – Cloudy, possible shower, chance of isolated t'storm – temp: 75
1:00 p.m ET
Daytona 500 – Cloudy, possible shower, chance of isolated t'storm – temp: 75
2:00 p.m ET
Daytona 500 – Cloudy, possible shower, chance of isolated t'storm – temp: 76
3:00 p.m ET
Daytona 500 – Cloudy, possible shower, chance of isolated t'storm – temp: 76
4:00 p.m ET
Daytona 500 – Cloudy, possible shower, chance of isolated t'storm – temp: 74
5:00 p.m ET
Daytona 500 – Cloudy, possible shower, chance of isolated t'storm – temp: 73

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