2013 NASCAR Daytona 500 race day weather forecast: Rain showers equals possible delays

2013 Daytona 500 Race Day Weather Forecast - Meteorologist Brian Neudorff, NASCAR_WXMAN

The NASCAR Weatherman, Meteorologist Brian Neudorff, looks at what our rain chances are for the 55th running of the Daytona 500.

The threat of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms remain in the forecast this afternoon for the 55th running of the Daytona 500. A cold front will stall across north-central Florida, and the location of where this front stalls will be key to where most of the shower and thunderstorm activity occurs.

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The above image represents four different forecast models for Sunday afternoon. They all agree that there will be scattered showers along with dry breaks. The only major difference is the location of where the front stalls. As mentioned, this could be the difference between just a few delays or a wet afternoon out at the track.

DO WE RACE TODAY? I am sticking with my original forecast, so the answer here is yes. Rain delays and red flags due to weather are a real possibility, but because of the scattered nature of the rain, there should be periods of dry time. It will give Daytona International Speedway a chance to try out their new track drying system, the Air Titan.

THE ODDS WE GET THE RACE IN TODAY? Although I anticipate some rain delays, I would say we have a 50% to 60% chance of getting the race in today and not having to come back on Monday.

This is a challenging forecast, and I expect a long day of keeping an eye on the radar as I watch the race and race coverage this afternoon. As weather changes today please follow me on Twitter @NASCAR_WXMAN and like me on Facebook for the latest weather updates through the weekend.

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

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