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    Drier Weather Returns for NASCAR's Week Two

    By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
    March 02, 2014, 8:57:10 AM EST

    While rain may be welcome by many in Arizona, those attending Sunday's NASCAR race in Phoenix may find it to be an unwelcome guest.

    Last weekend, showers and thunderstorms came calling at Daytona Beach, Fla., and forced an approximate six-hour rain delay for the race.

    The storm impacting the southwestern United States brought the first rainfall of the year to the city on Sunday, dropping 0.94 of an inch of rain.

    Although Saturday's Nationwide race was still able to be held, heavy rain forced NASCAR to throw the red flag and ultimately call the race with only 32 laps to go.


    The bulk of the rain shifted east of the area on Saturday night. However, enough moisture may remain in the atmosphere to produce a brief pop-up shower on Sunday for the Sprint Cup Series race.

    If one of these spotty showers does move over the track, it will likely only cause a minor delay before the rain ends and activities can be resumed.

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    Temperatures both days of the weekend are likely to peak in the 60s to near 70.

    A warming trend along with increasing amounts of sunshine are in store on Monday to Wednesday.

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