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Drivers across state warned of dense fog this week

By Staff | Jan 18, 2011

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are urging residents and visitors to use caution during the work week as patches of dense fog may affect many Florida roadways statewide through Thursday morning.
“An increasingly humid air mass ahead of an approaching cold front, along with warmer than normal overnight temperatures and calm winds, will create conditions that are favorable for dense fog formation across much of the Florida Panhandle and Florida Peninsula early Wednesday and Thursday morning,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “The dense fog is expected to lift by mid-morning. Until then, motorists traveling in these areas should remain alert and prepared for sudden drops in visibility.”
Should driving conditions be impaired, the National Weather Service will issue a Dense Fog Advisory, which means visibilities may be reduced to less than one-quarter mile. Drivers should avoid traveling in dense fog and follow these safety tips:
During the morning hours when fog is heavier, slow down and allow for extra space between vehicles.
Use low-beam headlights and be prepared to stop on short notice.
Avoid driving distractions such as mobile phones and music devices.
Monitor local road conditions for possible road closures.
Use extreme caution and allow extra time to reach your destination.
For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and to GET A PLAN!, please visit: www.FloridaDisaster.org.