Meteorologists are monitoring a low pressure system that is expected to enter the Gulf of Mexico through the end of the week that could produce heavy rainfall in the Crossroads.
The system has an 80% chance of becoming a tropical development in the next five days, according to a report by the National Hurricane Center. As of 8 p.m. Monday, a disturbance was expected to move southward or southwestward during the next two days and a broad area of low pressure is forecast to form over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.
“Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development and a tropical depression is likely to form by the end of the week while the low (pressure) moves slowly westward across the northern Gulf of Mexico,” according to a National Hurricane Center bulletin.
According to center, residents along the Gulf Coast from the upper Texas coast to the western Florida peninsula should monitor the progress of the system. Regardless of whether a tropical cyclone develops, the system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall along areas of the northern and eastern Gulf Coast late this week.
There is still considerable uncertainty with the eventual track and intensity of this potential system. Current expectations keep the system north of South Texas, but this could change, according to the National Weather Service.
As that system develops, meteorologists expect weather in the Crossroads to remain hot and clear. Mostly sunny skies and a high of 96 degrees were predicted with heat index values predicted to reach 107 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.