Get ready for a slow morning commute. • Heavy fog is likely throughout the Tampa Bay area today and the next few mornings, forecasters say. • At times, visibility in some areas could be effectively reduced to zero.
"There's so much moisture in the atmosphere that it's almost like nothing else can happen,'' said Mike Clay, chief meteorologist for Bay News 9.
Law enforcement and weather officials are urging motorists to use caution, such as by slowing down and driving with low beams.
The fog should be heaviest this morning and on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Fog is likely to form in some inland areas, but the heaviest will be the sea fog on the Gulf of Mexico, pushed ashore by southwest winds.
The sea fog forms as high humidity in the atmosphere collides with significantly cooler water temperatures, now in the high 50s along coastal areas of the gulf.