Happy Earth Day everyone!
Here are the forecasts for this weekend's races:
NASCAR Nationwide Series - Talladega, AL on Saturday (4/24) at 2:30 p.m. ET on TV3 (ABC.) A low pressure system will move across the region on Saturday, and it has the potential to produce severe thunderstorms. A few peeks of sun will heat the temperature into the upper 70's. The combination of humidity and warmth will allow the air to become unstable, which could lead to the development of strong thunderstorms in the afternoon. At this time, there is a 90% chance of storms during the race, so it is very important to keep an eye to the sky.
FRIDAY UPDATE: The Storm Prediction Center has parts of Alabama in a moderate risk of severe weather on Saturday. Storms that develop will be capable of producing heavy downpours, large hail, damaging winds, and even tornados. Check here for the latest severe risk: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
NASCAR Sprint Cup - Talladega, AL on Sunday (4/25) at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. There is a threat of showers and thunderstorms on qualifying day, and some of the storms could be severe. The temperature will be around 75 degrees. Things should improve on Sunday as the system moves away. There might be a few early morning showers, and then some lingering clouds in the afternoon. The temperature at race time will be around 77 degrees.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series - Alton, VA on Saturday (4/24) on SPEED at 2 p.m. ET. Be advised the race is actually being run at Noon on Saturday. A low pressure system will approach the region late Friday. Look for a mostly cloudy sky with a chance of a few showers and storms. The temperature will be around 64 degrees at the green flag, and it will rise into the upper 60's through the afternoon.
Be sure to listen to Sirius Speedway (Channel 128 on Sirius Satellite Radio) every Thursday around 3:30 p.m. ET to hear me give the NASCAR forecast! And you can follow me on Twitter!! www.twitter.com/weathergalcass