Tropical disturbance given 'high' chance of becoming storm
Jay Vise Reporting
The National Hurricane Center says an area of disturbed weather in the Western Caribbean has a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm over the next 48 hours.
However, WWL-TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredando says once the system gets into the Gulf of Mexico, upper-level winds are unfavorable for further development, and he expects the system to weaken once it's in the Gulf.
"It still looks like it's going to move toward the Central Gulf toward the Louisiana Coastline," according to Arredando. "Hopefully, it will turn more toward the East away from the Louisiana coast."
Forecasters say the tropical system's ultimate path will be determined by an incoming cold front, the timing of which may push it off to the east.
Carl says where ever the system makes landfall, somewhere between Southeast Louisiana and Florida, it will likely do so Saturday morning.
"Right now our chances for rain on Saturday are based upon the cold front moving through, not this system. So, Saturday's forecast is way up in the air," he said.