Be careful. Dense fog is stretching across South Florida, and there’s an advisory

UPDATE: 9 a.m.: The dense fog advisory for South Florida has ended though forecasters are cautioning that patchy fog is still lingering around portions of Miami-Dade County.

And while visibility is slowly improving, there may still be dense fog in certain areas, enough to have visibility drop to a half mile, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.

“Use caution if traveling this morning, as visibility may vary over short distances. Allow extra time to reach your destination and use low- beam headlights only,” the weather service said in its special weather statement.

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Dense fog is stretching across South Florida early Wednesday, and forecasters are asking drivers to be extra careful on the road during one of the busiest travel days ahead of Thanksgiving.

The fog will cause “hazardous driving conditions” across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, with some areas possibly seeing a quarter-mile or less of visibility at least until 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to a dense fog advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Miami.

“Conditions are slowly starting to clear up, but some lingering patches of dense fog could still lead to dangerous driving conditions over the next few hours,” the weather service said at 8 a.m. on Twitter. “Remember to use extra caution while driving!”

A quarter mile of visibility was reported early Wednesday at Miami International Airport, in the Opa-locka area and across portions of inland Broward County, according to the weather service.

Dense fog is stretching across South Florida and has blanketed downtown Fort Lauderdale along the New River.
Dense fog is stretching across South Florida and has blanketed downtown Fort Lauderdale along the New River.

Areas under a dense fog advisory in South Florida include Kendale Lakes, West Kendall, Country Walk, Shark Valley, Miami, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Hialeah, Doral, South Miami, Kendall, Cutler Ridge, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Hollywood Beach, Markham Park, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Tamarac, Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Cooper City,Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Homestead, Florida City, the Redland, Miccosukee Resort, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, Pahokee, South Bay, Belle Glade,Wellington, Loxahatchee near Lion Country Safari, Park, Palm Springs, Florida Gardens, Aberdeen, Boca West, and the Miccosukee Indian Reservation.

Traffic cameras recorded dense fog on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami-Dade County Wednesday.
Traffic cameras recorded dense fog on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami-Dade County Wednesday.

For people planning to travel to other parts of Florida, you might encounter fog on the way too.

“Patchy dense fog has also developed across Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast early this morning. Localized visibilities of a half mile or less will be possible, especially along I-95 and Florida’s Turnpike across Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties,” according to the weather service’s Melbourne office. Forecasters expect the fog in these areas will dissipate by 9 a.m.

Drivers should turn on their low-beam lights, drive slowly and watch for pedestrians and other vehicles.

Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days this week for Thanksgiving. For people traveling on Florida roads Wednesday, AAA predicts the worst congestion will occur between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., with the best travel times being before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m..