TROPICAL UPDATE: Disturbance in the Gulf could become a tropical depression later today

Heavy rain threat for Southwest Louisiana

TROPICAL UPDATE: Disturbance in the Gulf could become a tropical depression later today
Chances of tropical developing increasing in the Gulf (Source: KPLC)
Invest 97L
Invest 97L (Source: KPLC)

GULF OF MEXICO (KPLC) - An update from the National Hurricane Center now gives the tropical disturbance in the Gulf a 50% chance of development before merging with a cold front Friday evening.

System will merge with a cold front by Friday night
System will merge with a cold front by Friday night (Source: KPLC)

The chances it could become designated a tropical depression have increased this morning, with the classification as Invest 97L given to the system and an upgrade to tropical depression status later today or tomorrow.

Surge of tropical moisture
Surge of tropical moisture (Source: KPLC)

The only impact the system will bring to Southwest Louisiana is increased rain chances for Friday as a plume of tropical moisture gets pulled up the coastline during the morning hours of Friday. The heaviest rain is expected during the morning through afternoon, tapering off by evening as the cold front moves through.

Heavy rain Friday morning for SWLA
Heavy rain Friday morning for SWLA (Source: KPLC)

Heavy rainfall on Friday could lead to some flash flooding, with the forecast calling for 2 to 4 inches of rain possible through the day tomorrow.

Rainfall Forecast
Rainfall Forecast (Source: KPLC)

Stay tuned for updates on this developing weather situation.

First Alert Meteorologist Ben Terry

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