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Fog makes for a slow morning commute

A  traffic camera shows heavy fog Tuesday morning on Interstate 4 near Branch Forbes Road in Plant City.

Bay News 9

A traffic camera shows heavy fog Tuesday morning on Interstate 4 near Branch Forbes Road in Plant City.

Dense fog and limited visibility affected traffic in portions of the Tampa Bay region Tuesday.

A dense fog advisory remained in effect for portions of Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco Counties through 10 a.m.

Bay News 9 traffic reporter Chuck Henson said the Florida Highway Patrol warned of foggy spots near Interstate 4 and Interstate 75 and in Polk County along State Route 33. But Henson said the foggy areas were constantly shifting, and likely covered a wider swath than those specific spots.

"What I see on camera is essentially fog from I-4 and I-75 in Hillsborough County all the way through Lakeland," Henson said just before 7 a.m.

The fog was just the typical sort caused by warm, humid weather, Bay News 9 meteorologist Julie Marquez said, as dew points and temperatures in the low 70s combined to increase moisture in the air. Marquez said visibility was limited to a mile or less in some areas.

The fog was expected to give way to partly sunny skies with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon, Marquez said. A cold front set to move through the area Wednesday evening was forecast to bring cooler temperatures, sunnier skies and drier air.

Fog makes for a slow morning commute 10/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:11am]
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