Huge Talladega Temperature Swing May Impact Race

By Andy Mussoline, Meteorologist
October 07, 2012; 4:32 AM
Share |

A huge swing in temperatures will be the focus this weekend for the NASCAR race in Talladega on Sunday.

A massive cold wave that will be responsible for widespread frost and freezes this weekend will send a cold shot into Talladega, Ala. as well.

"Drivers will face a much different track on Sunday in comparison to Friday's practice," said meteorologist and racing enthusiast Eric Leister.

"Highs will be nearly 20 degrees cooler on Sunday in comparison to Friday and could affect one of NASCAR's most unpredictable tracks," added Leister.

Temperatures in the mid-80s will heat the track Friday afternoon for their practice round, but a cold front will move through the track Friday night. Highs will fall into the upper 70s on Saturday before bottoming out in the mid-60s on Sunday.

A mostly cloudy sky will accompany the cooler Sunday weather, but rain will not be a factor. Normal highs in Talladega for early October are near 80 degrees.

Comments

Comments left here should adhere to the AccuWeather.com Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News

  • Cold Blast Brings 40-Degree Temperature Drop to East

    April 16, 2014; 9:05 PM ET

    Many across the East may have thought that the calendar flipped back to winter due to the cold blast that brought a dramatic drop in temperatures and even snow to some communities.

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High N/A
Low N/A
Precip N/A

WeatherWhys®

This Day In Weather History

St. Paul, MN (1965)
Flood crest exceeded previous record high by 4 feet. Former marks generally surpassed down to Hannibal, MO, by May 1st; only 12 lives lost due to timely warnings. Damage exceeded $100 million.

Oklahoma City, OH (1990)
93 mph wind gust - one of the strongest gust at Will Rogers Airport in the last 40 years.

South (1849)
Charleston, SC, reaches 32 degrees -- latest ever there. At Wilmington, NC, snow accumulated up to 6" on boards. Fayetteville, NC, had 4" on the 15th -- one of the latest snowstorms ever. Snow flurries as far south as Milledgeville, GA. Severe freeze from Georgia to Texas killed cotton.