MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - An area of low pressure that is over eastern Alabama could become a tropical system by late weekend. This is a rare case because most tropical systems originate over the ocean but this system will move from land to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Once this low gets over the 80+ degree water temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico, it is expected to strengthen to a tropical system. The environment will be pretty favorable with the warm waters and upper level winds.
The National Hurricane Center has given it a 50% chance of tropical development.
As mentioned above, even if it doesn’t become tropical it will bring a lot of moisture to the southeast. For the Mid-South, it is still unclear if we will see rain from this system. The models are still at odds but the timing of this system would be late weekend and early next week. If it were to get named it would be Barry. Stay with the WMC First Alert Weather Team for the latest.