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Following Warmth and Fog, Sochi Braces For Storm on Tuesday

After a very mild and dry first full week of competition, a potent storm system will deliver the first significant precipitation of the games on Tuesday.

The weather has already made its presence known as unseasonable warmth prevailed leading to some athletes concerns about the condition of the snow and ice for various events.

Sustained above-freezing temperatures can create slushy snow resulting in slower speed for skiers which makes tricks more difficult to perform and creating dangerous conditions for ski jumpers and cross country skiers, according to Earth Gauge.

The weather took another twist on Monday as dense fog developed over the mountains, causing the postponement of a men's biathlon race, along with the men's snowboard cross race, according to Associated Press

Alpine events were able to avoid the impacts of the fog as no events were scheduled, however no practicing was allowed on the slopes.

The storm on Tuesday will deliver rain to the host city of Sochi, while the outdoor events in the mountains will have rain changing to snow.

A general 3-6 inches is expected at the base of the slopes, however above 4,500 feet, a foot of new snow may blanket the ground by Wednesday morning.

With many events scheduled for Tuesday, the wintry weather will bring adverse conditions for the athletes and could force delays or further postponements.

Following Tuesday's storm, a stretch of dry weather is expected from Wednesday into Saturday. Some showers may arrive as the Olympics wrap up on Sunday, but no significant rainfall is expected.