FORECAST UPDATE SUNDAY 5 AM EDT (3/17/2012):

Showers moved into northeast Tennessee, including Bristol Motor Speedway, early this morning. The showers were steady and light with the bulk of the rain expected to fall during the early morning hours. Steadiest of the rain should begin to come to an end between 6 am and 8 am.

By mid to late morning there could be a few lingering pockets of light rain and drizzle as drier air tries to work in behind the departing system. Midday and early afternoon most of the activity should push off to the east-northeast and begin to dry out with mostly cloudy skies and some partial clearing.

How will all of this affect the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway? I stayed up late and into the early morning hours watching this area of rain as it moved slowly into northeast Tennessee. Depending on how long it takes NASCAR to dry the track I think we still get this race in during the afternoon. I’d say it is better than 60% that we get the race started on time and better than 80% we get the race in today. I will update if anything changes this morning and afternoon.

Look for more my detailed NASCAR weather forecasts and schedule over at SBNation.com.


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Bristol, TN

SUN
MAR 18

Partly sunny, Mostly Dry, possible pop up afternoon showers & posible t’storms
High: 78
Low: 53

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