Tuesday forecast for Austin: Drivers heading out for the first day of post-Christmas shopping and the start of a short work week will face streets slicked by fog and drizzle, as rain chances of 40 percent linger into the night.
That will set the pattern of cloudy, wet and cold weather for much of the week as rain chances persist into the weekend, the National Weather Service says.
Patchy fog across the region Tuesday morning has cut visibility to under a mile in some spots, the weather service says.
“The thickest fog stretches from the Austin metro area down to New Braunfels and then westward through the Hill Country and Edwards Plateau to Del Rio and Eagle Pass,” according to a weather service bulletin.
Fog should linger through the morning commute and into the mid-morning, forecasters say.
Coupled with the drizzle and light rain, the fog can significantly decrease reaction time for drivers, the weather service says. Forecasters recommend slowing down and using low beams in areas of dense fog.
Looking ahead to the rest of the week, daytime temperatures are expected to be cooler than normal, between the low 40s and low 50s through Friday.
The weather service’s extended forecast shows rain chances stretching into the weekend, with a 30 percent chance of rain heading into New Year’s Eve and temperatures potentially dropping toward the freezing mark.
Here are highlights from the forecast:
Tuesday: 40 percent chance of rain, high temperature of 50 degrees with a low of 36.
Wednesday: Rain chances of 40 percent continue, high of only 42 degrees with a low of 37.
Thursday: Rain chances drop to 20 percent, high of 47 degrees. Rain chances linger overnight.
Friday: More clouds with a 20 percent chance of rain again, high of 53 degrees and a low of 43.
Saturday: Chance of daytime shows grows to 30 percent, with highs reaching 59 degrees
New Year’s Eve: 30 percent chance for rain throughout the day with a high of 50 degrees and a low of 32.