Chilly, wet conditions predicted for Lincoln Marathon

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LINCOLN, Neb. With the Lincoln Marathon slated for May 1, runners are paying close attention to 10/11’s forecast as the event inches closer.

Lincoln’s seasonal high temperature for the beginning of May is in the upper 60s, and the seasonal low is in the mid 40s. However, runners better get ready for cool and wet conditions this year, as the forecast calls for below average temperatures and potential rainfall.

The day before the race, an upper level low will continue to move through the region providing high rain chances on Saturday. As much as an inch or two could fall over southeast portions of the state. The showers will continue on into Race Day Sunday until the low moves east of the state. The timing of the low pressure system will determine just how long the rain will last. At this point, it’s looking like a steady rain will stick around for the race. The good news? Thunderstorms are not likely on race day. Breezy conditions are anticipated in Lincoln. The Capital City's northeast wind is expected to be 10 to 20 mph, gusting occasionally up to 30 mph.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy which will cause the thermometer to struggle. At the start of the race, temperatures will be in the lower 40s. Late in the morning when most of runners are finishing up temperatures will be in the upper 40s to near 50. Daytime highs will top out in the middle to upper 50s, about 10 degrees cooler than seasonal averages for this time of year.