Tropical Depression 02W will spread locally flooding downpours across the central Philippines this Easter weekend.
After developing in the Philippine Sea on Friday afternoon (local time), the depression will reach the east-central Philippines to start the weekend.
“Despite it developing, we still feel that the chance of the depression becoming a significant tropical system is very small and impacts from this will be minor,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.
In fact, the depression should weaken to a tropical rainstorm by the end of the weekend.
However, tropical downpours will spread from east to west across the central Philippines into Sunday, dropping a general 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) of rain.
“The most likely area for flooding will be from Samar to Mindoro and far southern Luzon,” Douty said, “but any flooding will be isolated.”
Localized downpours can occur southward across Mindanao, while the most numerous downpours should bypass Manila to the south.
Even if flooding does not ensue, motorists will face reduced visibility and a heightened risk of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds. Air travelers could face delays.
Outdoor Easter weekend plans could be spoiled or forced indoors. This includes in Batangas, Sablayan and San Jose.
Gusty winds will also accompany the depression, kicking up rough seas and creating hazards for small craft and swimmers.
The weekend will end with the depression leaving the Philippines and moving into the South China Sea, where Douty expects conditions to be less conducive for re-strengthening.
Locally drenching showers and thunderstorms with a continued risk for isolated flooding will still target Mindoro and Luzon islands, including Manila, early next week.