Dense Fog Advisory Followed by Fire Danger Statement in Austin, NWS Cautions Residents

Dense Fog Advisory Followed by Fire Danger Statement in Austin, NWS Cautions ResidentsSource: National Weather Service
Ryan Anderson
Published on December 09, 2023

Austin residents awoke to patches of dense fog this Saturday morning, with visibility reduced to nearly zero in some areas of the Hill Country and along the I-35 Corridor. The National Weather Service (NWS) advised the mist should lift by mid-morning and warned of the potential for near-critical fire weather conditions in the afternoon for the southern Edwards Plateau and Rio Grande Plains, citing "very dry air and gusty north winds."

The NWS has issued a Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 9:00 a.m. and a Fire Danger Statement from noon to 7:00 p.m. Residents in these areas are urged to be vigilant and secure any flammable materials. The gusty conditions will persist through the night, so securing outdoor items is a must, as they might become hazardous projectiles.

Following the foggy start, skies are expected to clear up with a high reaching near 72 degrees, and as the day progresses, winds shifting from light and variable to north at 10 to 15 mph could see gusts as high as 20 mph, according to an update from the National Weather Service. Nightfall brings a drop in temperatures to a low of around 42, and northerly winds will maintain their strength, sending gusts as high as 30 mph across the city.

The week ahead promises a rollercoaster of changing conditions, with a sunny Sunday forecast boasting a high near 59 and continued northerly winds. The Local Conditions report claims that as we head into Monday, a sunny climate persists, albeit with slightly warmer temperatures peaking around 64 degrees. The days following will see partly sunny skies, with chances of showers increasing by midweek to a 40 percent chance by Friday night.