It should be nice here today, miserably cold in North Florida.

It should be nice here today, miserably cold in North Florida. (Mark Randall, SunSentinel)

While it's expected to snow in the Florida Panhandle today, it should be mostly sunny and warm in these parts after some morning fog.

Before dawn, the National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory for most of inland South Florida.  The advisory expired for some of the region at 9 a.m.  However, it was extended until 10 a.m. for inland Broward and for Palm Beach County. 

South Florida's Tuesday forecast calls for afternoon highs in the low 80s and overnight lows in the mid 60s.

Wednesday also should be warm, although more clouds and a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain. That's the result of the same cold front that turned the panhandle into a deepfreeze aiming here.


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Central Florida's Tuesday forecast: Partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s, lows in the low 50s and a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain.

Sun and snow: from weather expert Jim Lushine:

While we bask in tons of sun, northern Florida is expecting its second snow storm in a week. Well, not exactly a snow storm, but a slight amount sleet, snow or freezing rain is forecast.

Last week, Pensacola briefly observed a mixture of sleet and snow, and on this Tuesday and Wednesday more cold precipitation is forecast, mainly from Pensacola to Tallahassee.

According to my calculations, frozen precipitation on average occurs every three years, mainly in North Florida, but, twice in one week in Florida, is a bit much.

How can there be that much difference between North and South Florida?

Blame or credit the path of the jet stream, which along with the polar vortex, has conspired this year to bring winter weather farther south than normal.

Fortunately for us, the dip in the jet stream has been most extreme over the northern part of the state.