NASCAR racers and fans will be converging on Talladega, Ala., this weekend, but so will rain and thunderstorms.
The same storm system responsible for the recent historic snowfall across the Plains and Upper Midwest will make for a wet weekend at Talladega, threatening to interfere with NASCAR races and festivities.
Showers and thunderstorms will increase through tonight with a steady rain and embedded thunderstorms to follow for Saturday.
There is concern that the rain will not only delay or postpone the Nationwide Series' Aaron's 312 Race Saturday afternoon, but could also lead to flash flooding concerns. That is especially true in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
Anyone braving the soaking rain outside should remember to still seek shelter indoors immediately after thunder is heard. You are then close enough to get struck by lightning.
The rain will hold Saturday's high temperatures to 58 degrees, which is roughly 20 degrees below normal.
Temperatures will drop to 43 degrees Saturday night as the rain departs and clouds partially clear. A low in the middle 50s is more common in Talladega this time of year.
Despite the rain's departure Saturday night, a dry Sunday for the Sprint Cup Series' Aaron's 499 Race will not follow. A couple of showers and thunderstorms will instead return to Talladega as the day progresses.
The good news is that Sunday will not be a washout with the showers and thunderstorms being significantly spottier in nature than Saturday's rain. However, NASCAR races and fans may still have to sit through a delay if any shower or thunderstorm crosses Talladega Superspeedway Sunday afternoon.
Clouds will also win out over sunshine on Sunday, holding temperatures to a cool 60 degrees.