Dense fog advisory issued through 9 a.m.

Posted at 5:14 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 12:31:09-05

A dense fog advisory has been issued for coastal areas in San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County through 9 a.m. The fog is fairly widespread and dense, resulting in visibility in some areas to be lowered to a quarter-mile or less. Drivers should make sure their headlights are on through their morning drive and increase their following distance on the roads. The main highways impacted include Highways 1 and 101 and State Route 246.

Due to mild northwesterly winds, marine layer and low clouds will be able to settle over coastal areas making for a mostly cloudy day. Temperatures will be in the 60s for most beaches and inland valleys, but coastal valleys will still range from the upper 60s to low 70s.

The big talker in the forecast will continue to be the high surf. As King Tides are expected to stick around the Central Coast through Tuesday afternoon, a high surf advisory and beach hazards statement has been issued. The advisory has been issued for San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County area beaches.

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For the south coast region, a beach hazards statement will remain in effect through Wednesday night as dangerous rip currents and breaking waves from three to six feet continue along the coast. Local sets could reach seven feet Wednesday and the highest surf will be across exposed west-facing beaches.

Some significant temperature changes are on the way as an upper-level high expands over the south-west, resulting in daytime highs from the 70s and 80s through the end of the weekend.