The National Hurricane Center upped the chances of a rare Atlantic system becoming a subtropical cyclone or tropical storm to 50 percent over the next 2 to 5 days.
If the system becomes a named-storm, it would be Alex.
In their afternoon update, hurricane forecasters said the cluster of thunderstorms about 1,100 miles southwest of the Azores has become a little more concentrated and organized near the center of a non-tropical low pressure system.
The low is producing winds to near 60 mph.
While this system is not expected to impact land, it’s rare in that it is forming in the dead of winter, six months before hurricane season officially begins.
Just three storms since 1851 have formed in January. Only one of those, a 1938 storm, became a hurricane.