Weather Updates for the NASCAR All-Star Race

As unsettled weather continues ahead of this weekend's events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, officials are taking precautions to make sure everything runs smoothly. So far this week, the Charlotte metro area has received over a half inch of rain. With mainly light and scattered showers expected on Wednesday and Thursday, NASCAR expects to get all practice and qualifying races in without problems.

Problems may arise Friday night, as strong storms look to move into the Carolinas. Crews have already made the call for at least eight jet dryers ready to go for Friday night's North Carolina Education Lottery 200, starting at 7:00pm/et.

Rain will continue Friday night into Saturday morning, with models suggesting up to 1-2 inches of rain possible.

According to Charlotte Motor Speedway crews, it all boils down to when that rain will stop. They promise to get the All Star Race in if it stops around noon Saturday.

"With the equipment that we have available, we can do this place in about an hour and we could be dry and ready for that race," said director of operations Shaun Johnson. The latest models show good news for those attending the race, as showers look to push out by Saturday afternoon. WSOC TV

Latest forecast [2:30am/et] for Saturday from the National Weather Service:

Saturday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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