Friday looks to be a brilliant day out at the track with a good bit of sunshine throughout the day with only a few clouds. Temperatures will start off the track day around 49ºF at 9:00 AM, and will warm up to around 63ºF by the mid-afternoon hours. No rain is expected, and winds will be shifting from the northwest at the start to out of the south by qualifying time.
Models have come into better agreement with the system moving down into the area from the Gulf of Alaska on Saturday, keeping the better rain chances well north of the track. Unfortunately, there will be just enough moisture close by to merit a very small chance of showers during the entire racing day, when the best chances of rain activity occurring in the late evening hours on Saturday to the pre-dawn hours on Sunday. The temperatures will be around 48ºF at 9:00 AM then warming to around 53ºF at the drop of the green flag. The daytime high will be around 60ºF at the 3:00 PM hour and steadily dropping to near 50ºF at 8:00 PM.
Any rain activity should diminish before the 4:00 AM hour on Sunday morning and the skies will begin to clear somewhat. The morning low of around 41ºF will occur close to the 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM time period. Soon after, you will notice the winds begin to pick up in speed out of the north-northwest from 5 MPH up to 15 MPH by the late morning hours. At the checkered flag, the temperatures should be around 57ºF. The daytime high of around 60ºF will be reached during the post-race activities.
I'll have radar up and running starting on Friday morning on the website. Be sure to follow our main Twitter feed @RacecastWx as we will be using it as our one-stop place for forecasts and updates on Twitter. We'll continue to have our personal accounts as well, but we'll only use those to retweet our forecast and for personal use. As always, our forecasts will still be featured on our Facebook page along with our Instagram account. Thank you and have a great Wednesday.