Jan 17, 2019
As of early Thursday morning, EST, an area of tropical low pressure is centered about 600 miles to the east of Palau, and moving toward the west. Convection has been flaring on the northern periphery of this broad low pressure area, though the showers and thunderstorms have not shown any signs of consolidation around the low.
This low will move into an area having a more favorable developmental environment during the next 24 hours and may develop into a depression or storm at some point through the weekend. Wind will most likely never be a major threat from this system, but locally heavy showers and thunderstorms will track near or to the north of Palau Friday afternoon into Friday night, local time. Those showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rain will reach the central and southern Philippines late Saturday and continue Sunday.
By AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk