Tropical Storm Olga forms in Gulf of Mexico, could bring wet weather this weekend

Posted October 25, 2019 5:25 a.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2019 11:49 p.m. EDT

Tropical Storm Olga formed Friday evening south of the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

The system formed 260 miles south of Lake Charles, La., and has winds at 50 mph. It is moving north northeast at 17 mph as of 11 p.m. Friday.

The system is expected to merge with a cold front moving eastward from Texas. That new system and its accompanying rainfall are expected to arrive in North Carolina on Sunday. The first part of the weekend should be dry before that system arrives, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. She said there is a 50 percent chance for on-and-off rain on Sunday.

"We're not looking at a complete washout, but you will probably be dodging showers," she said.

Saturday will bring similar conditions before the big change arrives Sunday, Gardner said.

Current Temperatures, DMA

The day will start off dry but precipitation could arrive during the mid-morning and into the afternoon.

"We'll have a dry Saturday and a wetter Sunday," Gardner said, adding that the system could bring a half-inch to an inch of rain.

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