The same storm system that brought historic snow to the Plains and Upper Midwest is spending today spreading rain across Churchill Downs, home to this evening's 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.
The race, called "the fastest two minutes," is one and one quarter mile long. Only 3-year-old thoroughbreds can compete in the race.
Annually, 100,000 people or more attend the race at Churchill Downs. Spectators attending this year's race may want to wear raincoats and waterproof shoes.
After temperatures warmed to 78 degrees on Friday, today has turned out to be cloudy, cooler and wet.
Temperatures held steady in the lower 60s this morning, but fell into the 50s once rain started falling during the midday hours. More rain will fall through the start of the race.
The wet weather will not stop with the conclusion of this evening's Kentucky Derby. Additional rain will follow for tonight and Sunday at Churchill Downs with a lingering shower or thunderstorm on Monday.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.
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After former Hurricane Odile battered resorts across Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, vacationers were left stranded and isolated while waiting for evacuations with sparse communication to loved ones back home.
Moisture from Odile brought flooding rainfall to the Southwest on Wednesday and more is on the way.
Odile and other weather systems will bring both dangerous flooding and drought-busting rain in parts of Texas and the southern Plains.
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100 degrees F., record 38th day of 100 degrees or higher this year.
Eastern States (1990)
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4" of rain fell from an early nor'easter.