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Scattered light showers have been around northern Georgia today, and that will continue tonight, with showers becoming a little more numerous and heavier Wednesday morning. On/off showers are expected through the day, not directly associated with Michael. These showers should be fairly light, so I've changed the Impact Scale on Wednesday to low. I think the planned testing sessions that day should be able to be run without weather interruptions, although the track will likely be wet at times.
Michael will start to impact the track on Wednesday night. Here's a bullet list of impacts that can be expected from Michael at Road Atlanta:
- Timing - Outer rain bands from Michael will spread into Road Atlanta Wednesday evening, probably around sunset, give or take a few hours. The heaviest rain will fall at the track from after midnight until around noon on Thursday. Rain will be decreasing in intensity and frequency on Thursday afternoon.
- Rain amounts - From Wednesday through Thursday, around 1.5 inches is expected give or take a few tenths, with 2 inches being possible on the high end and around 1 inch possible on the low end. This will likely not be enough rain to cause flooding problems, but there is a creek near the support paddock and the eastern side of the track that will bear watching if amounts are higher than expected.
- Wind - Not expecting wind to be a big problem, but it will be breezy on Wednesday night and Thursday, with sustained winds of 10 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph at times. This could be an issue for those who are setting up tents or canopies.