A tropical wave is projected to move from south of Florida into the northeastern Gulf of Mexico by this weekend. National Weather Service Slidell meteorologist Gavin Phillips says there is only a medium chance for development.
“At this time, the forecast is not for it to develop into a full tropical system, it looks more like some heavy rainfall,” said Phillips.
Phillips says to expect the first impacts to be felt late Saturday with the heaviest rainfall on Sunday.
“It is pretty slow-moving, so it could linger well into Monday and as far up as Tuesday morning, so we’re looking at about a 72-hour period of some pretty good rainfall,” said Phillips.
Phillips says the wave could bring up to five inches of rain to some areas, but it is much welcomed.
“As long as we keep the rainfall under the five-inch range, it is actually some much-needed rainfall. We’ve been in a pretty dry period for about two weeks now,” said Phillips.