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Slow down; fog blankets Tampa Bay until 9 a.m.

Areas of dense fog will affect drivers in the Tampa Bay area Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Visibility has dropped to below half a mile, with some areas at a quarter-mile or less. Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions, the agency warns.

Motorists should slow down, especially along the interstates. Use low beam headlights or find an alternative route.

The fog is expected to clear by 9 a.m.

With Friday's blast of fog, it may have some in the area wondering: Is this fog season?

"It is true this time of year in Florida we get more fog," said Tyler Fleming, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. "As it gets cooler and the warm air comes off the gulf, they will combine and the moisture will condense and form fog."

Tampa Bay has been getting all the right ingredients for foggy weather: lower temperatures, moisture close to the ground and a light wind. The light breeze and cool airs condenses the moisture, which leaves the air cloudy.

"But I wouldn't necessarily call it a season," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

A cool front near Thanksgiving will bring strong winds that will push the fog away, Marquez said. By Friday lows will be in the 40s and 50s.

Slow down; fog blankets Tampa Bay until 9 a.m. 11/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 23, 2009 8:03am]
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