Weather alert: Bradenton under fog advisory until 10 a.m. Tuesday

February 4, 2014 

Fog early Tuesday is reflected in the parking lot of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bradenton. Most of the Tampa Bay region is under a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. MARC R. MASFERRER/Bradenton Herald

MANATEE -- A dense fog advisory is in effect for Bradenton and much of the Tampa Bay region until 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

"Hazardous travel conditions with rapidly changing visibilities can be expected," the Weather Service said. "Bridges and causeways over Tampa Bay could especially be prone to extremely low visibilities through the morning."

The Sunshine Skyway remains open.

Florida Highway Patrol has a few tips for safe driving through the soup:

-- Drive with lights on low beam. High-beam lights will reflect off the fog and impair your driving even more.

-- Slow down before you enter a patch of fog.

-- Watch out for slow-moving and parked vehicles.

-- Turn off your radio and cell phone to reduce the chance of distraction.

-- Use wipers and defrosters to maximize visibility.

-- Use painted road markings as a guide.

-- Be patient.

-- Signal turns well in advance.

-- Do not stop on a highway or heavily traveled road. You could start a chain-reaction accident.

Meanwhile, once the fog burns off Tuesday morning, skies will be partly sunny, with an expected high of 81. The chance of showers is 20 percent.

Tuesday night low should be 65, with mostly cloudy skies. Fog could return after 1 a.m.

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