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April 21, 2017 #TriCitiesWx Race Week Forecast IV

April 21, 2017

The fourth forecast for race week and the weekend is about the same as the previous ones. Rain is likely for much of the weekend, and it may stretch NASCAR action to Monday. Welcome to the Tri-Cities Weather Blog forecast through Tuesday!

Yes, I know that’s a gloomy outlook, but several entities are printing out 3 inches of rain and up to 4 inches for parts of the Tri-Cities area through Tuesday. Granted, all many of us will focus on weather-wise is the race track, and that’s fine. There are baseball games to be played, and I’m sure the Tribe Classic has had some issues already.

Here’s the outlook for the weekend and early next week:

  • Tonight-Scattered showers likely, with possible thunderstorms. Low 58.
  • Saturday-Mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 73.
  • Saturday night-Rain likely with thunderstorms. Low 55.
  • Sunday-Cloudy with rain and thunderstorms. High 64.
  • Monday-A few morning showers, then becoming mostly sunny. High 72.
  • Tuesday-Mostly sunny. High 75.

What we’ve seen today so far is a lot like we’ll see the weather all weekend long. Look for periods of rain showers with occasional thunderstorms tonight through Sunday. Rain could be heavy at times, but the worst of the really heavy rain looks to be Saturday night and early Sunday before any racing is scheduled to begin.

Be prepared for anything this weekend. Strong to severe storms are possible, and gusty winds will cause damage to tents and things of that nature around the track. There could be small hail involved, too. The main thing I’m concerned about is flooding. The track is right next to Beaver Creek, and if there’s enough rain it could spill over its banks and cause issues for anyone camping or selling things out that way, especially along Volunteer Parkway.

Yesterday I said that it was most likely that the Saturday race would stand a chance of getting moved to Monday. I’m not so sure the race on Sunday gets in at this point. The good news, though, is that with lights they can pretty much wait it out for a lot longer than at tracks without lights. Hopefully I’m wrong, but it still looks to me that at least one of the three races this weekend won’t be run on its allotted day, or at least will be run at night.

Normally on Friday, I’ll include Monday and Tuesday in the forecast because I usually go out four to five days. This time, Monday is helpful because there may be racing on Monday. Typically, when any race is moved, it starts at 11am the following day, or the next possible day. If that happens to any of the three races, they may have trouble getting started that early, but the racing will get in throughout the afternoon. There is almost zero chance this lasts all the way to Tuesday.

I mentioned baseball, the Tribe Classic that is scheduled to finish tomorrow. It appears all the games were played yesterday, but games are starting to get postponed, slowly but surely. I know Sullivan South vs. Gate City won’t be played tomorrow at Hunter Wright Stadium, but I’m not sure about much else at this point. I can imagine that the only place where they’ll play tomorrow is at J-Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport where they have artificial turf and the water runs off nicely.

There’s the report for today. Since official racing starts tomorrow, I’ll bring updates on Twitter as frequently as needed throughout the weekend. Check the right side of the blog for that link. I’ll also try to give a weather blog update sometime early tomorrow with regard to the weather situation specific for Saturday.

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