February 17, 2024 at 1:42 AM

Heavy Rain Expected to Impact NASCAR Daytona 500 with Storms Starting from Feb 17th – 18th


Across Florida State:

Unsettling weather is expected across Florida this weekend as a system is expected to bring heavy rainfall across the state. This will also likely impact the Daytona 500, being potentially postponed if it has not been already announced due to the anticipated bad weather. Heavy rain over extended periods will make driving very difficult and dangerous, especially concerning racing activities.

Overall Forecast:

Across the upper/mid-levels of the atmosphere, a trough is expected to push through the Deep South, bringing very deep moisture across Florida. At the same time, a cold front is expected to sweep from northwest to southeast across Florida before stalling around extreme southern Florida bringing lift and convection ahead of it. Ahead of the front, warm advection is expected to bring unsettling weather across Florida, starting on Saturday morning, moving from north to south. Due to the deep level of moisture and training of storms over a long period, heavy rainfall is expected across the Florida area. For more updates on the hourly forecast and further details on the timing, check below.

Timing & Impact: As very deep moisture pushes in from the west-northwest, moderate to heavy rainfall will start to come down from the north, spreading southeastward over time. This will continue over the central to northern areas of Florida, then push southward as the overnight hours of Saturday approach. Then, early Sunday morning through Sunday, it will also become widespread southward across southern Florida, with embedded thunderstorms bringing brief periods of very heavy rainfall. The system will finally push out, with remnant moisture continuing to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout Monday, hit or miss. Check the maps for potential rainfall and snow maps below for each micro region.


Approximate Rainfall Totals (in inches):

Main impact: moderate to heavy rainfall leading to flooding and potential postponing of Daytona 500.


Stay tuned for more updates.

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