Sun shining in Florence as fog shrouds Eugene

      FLORENCE, Ore. - An inversion has trapped a layer of fog over Eugene and the Willamette Valley. The National Weather Service has issued an air stagnation advisory for the region, in effect until at least Tuesday of next week.

      Meanwhile, the sun is shining on the Oregon Coast.

      Glenna Martin, owner of P.S. Winkles in Florence, said the sunshine is huge for their business.

      She said every customer Wednesday was from Eugene or Springfield, many of whom said they wanted to escape the fog.

      The coastal tourism economy needs the uptick in business after a tough December.

      Cal Applebee, executive director for the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, said they took a huge hit in visitors with the storm.

      While they didn't have the snow and ice, many valley residents were stuck at home, so the coast lost out on all that tourism money.

      But now the sunshine coupled with the three day Martin Luther King Day weekend promises to help boost the local economy, Applebee said.

      Martin said she's looking forward to it, saying she feels bad for the people who are putting up with the gloom.