Fog of fall

Third straight morning of heavy, dense fog.

Heavy fog greeted us early Friday morning on a trip down to Roanoke for pulmonary tests for Amy.

Although the weather forecast for that day did not call for rain, the thick fog kept the windshield wipers on our Mini busy for the ride down to Carilion on Crystal Springs.

Same for Saturday morning.  It took a while for the sun to burn off the fog.

On this Sunday morning?  Yep.  Fog again, though of the soup to cancel plans for a motorcycle ride over to North Star Restaurant south of Buchanan to join other riders for breakfast.

Instead, a short ride, I suppose — a five-mile journey into Floyd for morning food at the Blue Ridge Cafe.

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg posted a “Dense Fog Advisory for Floyd County, Virginia:

… DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EDT THIS MORNING. THIS INCLUDES I-77 THROUGH FANCY GAP. * LOCATIONS… NEW RIVER VALLEY INTO THE FOOTHILLS AND PIEDMONT OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA. * HAZARDS… DENSE FOG. * VISIBILITIES… ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. * TIMING… THIS MORNING. FOG WILL BEGIN TO DISSIPATE BY 9AM. * IMPACTS… LOW VISIBILITIES WILL CREATE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL AND WILL LENGTHEN TRAVEL TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING… SLOW DOWN… USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS… AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

Forecasts call for sunny weather by noon Sunday, in time for those who wish to brave the rough slurry pavement of the Blue Ridge Parkway in search of fall colors.

If the National Weather Service is correct — and that is always a big “if” — the coming week will be mostly dry an sunny with temperatures in the high 60s and low-to-mid 70s, which will allow the overgrown grass of our yard to dry out enough for mowing and the dirty and gravel of our sorry-looking driveway to get much needed attention from our tractor and blade.

Lows might come close to freezing on Monday night but will head back into the 40s by week’s end.

The mowing and plowing can be accomplished during the week.  Right now, we wait for the sun and some time to ride on a nice Sunday.

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