SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Even though Hurricane Season doesn't officially start until June 1, an area with potential for tropical development near the Bahamas caught the attention of the National Hurricane Center on Friday.
A large area of showers and thunderstorms near the Bahamas is associated with an upper-level low pressure system and a surface trough.
The system is forecast to move westward over the Florida peninsula on Saturday with no significant development.
Locally heavy rains and gusty winds are possible over portions of the Bahamas and southern Florida through this weekend.
"The good news is that no significant tropical development is expected," said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams on Friday. "Water temperatures are only marginally warm enough to support development. It's pretty unlikely that this will become a tropical depression or tropical storm."
"A cold front will pass through South Mississippi on Sunday," Williams continued. "Even if the system manages to enter the eastern Gulf of Mexico, it will quickly be turned northward by the cold front. And this front will push this system northeastward away from the Gulf, and then northward up the Atlantic coast."
"I do not expect any impacts to South Mississippi," said Williams. "But, it certainly is a sign that Hurricane Season is just around the corner."