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The dense patchy fog and drizzle that has hung above the Houston area for days is forecast to continue today, making a dreary start to the work week.

But a mild cold front should push through in the next few days, clearing out the clouds and rain and bringing mostly sunny skies for later this week and weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high temperature will reach the mid-60s and the overnight low tonight will be about 50 degrees. A 50 percent chance of rain is forecast for today, increasing to 70 percent tonight.

Heavy fog is blanketing much of the area, particularly along Interstate 45 north to Huntsville. The fog is expected to spread to other spots early this morning and the weather service has issued a dense fog advisory for the area until at least 10 a.m., when the fog is expected to lift. But more fog is forecast to move inland from coastal areas later today and tonight.

Visibility was a half-mile or less over much of the area. However, Houston’s two major airports were operating normally as of 5:30 a.m.

Rain chances drop to 30 percent Tuesday as the cold front arrives. The high temperature will be in the mid-50s and the low will be in the mid-40s. North wind will be between 10 mph and 15 mph.

“This is a typical winter weather pattern for us,” said Paul Lewis, a weather service meteorologist.

By Wednesday, skies are expected to be partly sunny and no rain is forecast. The high temperature will be in the upper 50s and the low will dip to about 40 degrees.

More sun is forecast for Thursday and Friday and throughout the weekend. The high temperature each day will top out in the mid 60s and the low temperature will be in the mid- to lower 40s, the weather service said.

Houston’s normal temperatures for this time of year range between the lower 60s to the lower 40s.


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