As Hurricane Sandy drenches the East Coast and prepares to inflict days of misery, Mother Nature will drench the Southland in warm sunshine today and prepare to treat the region to days of balmy weather.
NWS forecasters said patchy dense fog would shroud large swaths of Los Angeles County through 6 a.m. today, reducing visibility to a quarter-mile or less in Long Beach, Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and downtown L.A.
Major roadways affected by the fog include Pacific Coast Highway and the Long Beach (710) and San Gabriel River (605) freeways and portions of the San Diego (405) Freeway, according to an NWS advisory.
The National Weather service forecast highs today in the low 80s for Hollywood. Across town: 72 on Mount Wilson; 75 at LAX; 76 in Avalon and Newport Beach; 78 in Long Beach; 80 in Saugus; 81 in downtown L.A., Palmdale and Lancaster; 82 in Burbank; 83 in Pasadena and San Gabriel; 84 in Anaheim; and 86 in Woodland Hills.
Temperatures will steadily climb down a few degrees beginning Tuesday but rise again starting Saturday. In the meantime, some Southland communities will experience periods of cloudy skies starting Wednesday, but there is no precipitation in the forecast.
Both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market will remain closed today because of the weather. In the Southland, nothing is scheduled to close because of the weather, though local conditions include an element of peril.