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April 19, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Race Week Forecast

April 19, 2017

The closer we get to the big events this weekend at the race track, the worse the weekend is starting to look. Complete washouts aren’t likely, but rain delays will be a thing all weekend. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Sunday!

Straight to the outlook we go, as sunshine and a few scattered storms are the order of this Wednesday afternoon:

  • Tonight-Partly cloudy, scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low 55.
  • Thursday-Partly cloudy, a few pop-up storms possible late. Highs near 80.
  • Thursday night-Partly to mostly cloudy with a few rain showers. Low 58.
  • Friday-Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 77.
  • Saturday-Partly cloudy with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High 75.
  • Sunday-Cloudy with rain and thunderstorms, mainly early. Highs near 70.

As you can see, a lot of rain is forecast. In fact, I peeked at the Weather Prediction Center’s forecast through the weekend, and they’re plotting over 3 inches of rain between now and Sunday not far from here. So life will be interesting for sure with NASCAR and baseball tournaments to be happening starting tomorrow.

Thursday should be mostly  dry until some pop-up storms start firing up in the afternoon, a lot like summer. A few rain showers are possible tomorrow night as well.

Then on Friday, a cold front will approach, passing through our area during the evening. That will bring a good supply of rain to us, which will cause some problems with practice and qualifying at the track and the Tribe Classic baseball tournament as well.

Saturday looks to start off dry, but showers and storms resume late as low pressure moves toward Knoxville. If any race has to get moved to Monday, it’s the two that happen on Saturday. We could see a lot of rain on the first day of the weekend.

By far, though, the best chances of heavy rain will be Saturday night and Sunday morning. As it appears right now, toward noon we might see weather start to clear up, which would be perfect timing for the race. That doesn’t mean I’m saying it’s all clear, as rain will be possible at any time of the day on Sunday. But there is a little good news.

If anything does get pushed to Monday, we’ll see dry weather for sure then and at least through the first half of next week. So the delay won’t be longer than a day, that’s for sure.

I’ll have another update on all of this tomorrow, make sure you have rain gear ready if you’re planning on being at the track for any activities starting Friday!

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