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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Snow and wind causing dangerous travel and power outages has put some cities into the record books this winter.
South Carolina (1991)
Early morning severe thunderstorm produced hail to 2.5" in diameter. Hardest hit was Lexington County. The hail destroyed a brand new pickup truck in Gaston.
The first storm referred to as a blizzard. March 14th-16th... An editor at the "Dakota Republican" in Vermillion, SD, described the storm. "A violent snowstorm driven by a heavy (northwesterly) wind, commenced about 12 o'clock last Sunday night (12th) and continued three whole days and nights. The weather was intensely cold and the heavy fall flying before a furious wind - blowing as only prairie winds can blow - rendered travelling exceedingly uncomfortable and dangerous, if not almost impossible (issue of March 17, 1820)."
Philadelphia, PA (1803)
15" to 20" of snow.