Saturday, September 08, 2012

Rain A Major Concern at Richmond Tonight

The sun is shining brightly at Richmond International Raceway this afternoon, but don’t let that fool you.

Heavy weather is on its way to the Commonwealth oval; just in time to impact tonight’s Federated Auto Parts 400, the final race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season.
While a number of meteorological models are in play that could impact the precise arrival time and severity, there is little debate that inclement weather will be a factor tonight. The National Weather Service is calling for mostly cloudy skies, with a 70% chance showers and thunderstorms in the evening, including the possibility for severe weather. Temperatures will fall into the low 60s, with winds from the west at 10 to 15 mph.
The good news – of there is any – is that the impending band of low pressure front is slim, and could pass through the area in as little as two to three hours. The chance of rain drops dramatically around midnight, and tomorrow’s forecast is for a delightful, autumn-like day.
NASCAR will likely wait until at least 10 PM before postponing the event, giving the bad weather every opportunity to vacate the area.

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