The last race of the regular season for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is scheduled at Richmond International Raceway Saturday evening, but rain may have a say.
This is the last chance for drivers to qualify for the post season races and a shot at the 2014 Championship.
The atmosphere will be loaded with moisture this weekend, and a front will push slowly across southern Virginia during the nighttime hours on Saturday.
There is the potential for multiple drenching downpours and a gusty thunderstorm Saturday night, following a hot, humid day on Saturday with temperatures peaking in the lower 90s.
Check in with AccuWeather's MinuteCast which is a patented minute-by-minute, highly localized precipitation forecast to keep informed on exactly when it will start and stop raining at a precise street address or GPS location throughout the race and tailgate.
Ahead of any downpour Saturday afternoon and early evening, AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will top 100 F for pre-race activities. RealFeel temperatures not only take into consideration temperature and humidity, but also wind, sunshine and other factors.
If the race ends up being postponed Saturday night, there will still be the chance of a shower and thunderstorm on Sunday with the associated disruptions. The forward progress of the front is expected to slow down. Temperatures on Sunday will be mainly in the 70s, but humidity levels will remain high.
The wet weather pattern will continue across the Seattle area through the first part of the weekend before drier weather moves in for the new week.
Clouds and a gusty southerly breeze will be the rule across the Dallas-Fort Worth area to wrap up Christmas week as spotty showers move in for the weekend.
Following wet weather earlier this week, drier weather will return for the first part of the weekend before storms late in the weekend.
Mild weather will continue in Harrisburg this weekend but will be followed by seasonably cold air during the final days of 2014.
While temperatures will be well above average in Pittsburgh this weekend, colder air will arrive next week for the final days of 2014.
After a blustery and cold weather pattern earlier in the week, temperatures will rebound across the Detroit area and winds will die down for the weekend.
Erie, PA (1989)
December, 1989 became the snowiest month on record. (The month ended with a total of 63.2" beating the record of 62.4" from January, 1978).
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20.2" of snow - the all time 24 hour December record.
Tennessee's heaviest snow since 1843: McMinnville 14"; Memphis 8.5".