04/11/2013 11:14AM

Fonner Park cancels Friday card because of weather conditions

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - Track officials at Fonner Park on Thursday morning made the decision to cancel Friday's card after a storm left the racing surface, as well as the city, covered in a layer of ice.

Freezing rain and sleet began falling Tuesday afternoon and continued well into Wednesday, leaving more than an inch of ice covering the track. Temperatures Thursday were forecast to reach only the mid-30's with overcast conditions.

Officials were hoping the weather Friday would allow them to get the track cleared with every effort made to get Saturday and Sunday's cards off as planned.

The cancellation is the fourth weather-related interruption of the track's 31-day meet that runs through May 4.