Dense fog creates dangerous day on roads

Posted December 18, 2008
Updated December 19, 2008

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— Dense fog left visibility at less than a quarter-mile in some areas Friday morning, increasing the risk of early morning fender benders as commuters struggled to see.

The haze was also accompanied by light drizzle in some places, adding slick roads to the menu.

In Raleigh, an SUV and a car collided at Old Wake Forest and Millbrook roads. No one was hurt, but police cordoned off  the scene briefly just before 8:30 a.m. for cleanup.

Two fatal wrecks were reported overnight. In Chatham County, a man drove his car into a creek just before dawn. State troopers said it appeared he was trapped and drowned. In south Raleigh, a woman was killed in a head-on crash Thursday night.

 In Orange County, emergency management officials invoked a hazardous driving plan that raises the caution level used by police, EMS and firefighters answering calls.

A crash on Erwin Road near Stage Road in Chapel Hill closed Erwin Road shortly before 8 a.m.

“What is causing the fog is the approach of a warm front,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Airport authorities said visibility was improving throughout the morning and that the fog had not caused any delays. They noted that winter storms in the northeast were causing delayed arrivals to RDU and advised travelers to check with their airline.

Cloudy skies and light rain are expected Friday before the warm front moves through in the afternoon, bringing sunshine and warmer temperatures. The high temperature could reach 70 degrees.

The warm-up won't last, though. Another cold front will move into the area Friday evening, bringing cooler air for Saturday, with temperatures only rising into the mid-50s, Maze said.

On Saturday, increasing clouds will give way to rain in the evening. The showers should end late Sunday, when an arctic blast of cold air comes through the Triangle to cool things for Monday and Tuesday.


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  • tootie Dec 19, 2008

    TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS TOO!!! I leave the house @ 630am (while its still dark out) and there are still some maroons that still don't have their lights on!!!

  • bilbobag99 Dec 19, 2008

    This morning was hardly dense fog. You haven't driven in dense fog until you have driven up to Boone when the fog is thick. You can see about 50 feet in that stuff. There is no excuse for anyone to claim the fog was a problem this morning.

  • BELLA28 Dec 19, 2008

    "commuters struggled to see...."


  • 050462 Dec 19, 2008

    "If people would just slow down when they can't see......"

    Or when the roads are slippery......


  • piperchuck Dec 19, 2008

    "If people would just slow down when they can't see......"

    Or when the roads are slippery......

  • joco cruiser Dec 19, 2008

    If people would just slow down when they can't see......

  • bs101fly Dec 19, 2008

    better than a blizzard,
    heaven forbid we have one of those!

  • 050462 Dec 19, 2008

    open your eyes,lol

  • trunkmonkee1971 Dec 19, 2008

    Man, I could not see through the "dense fog advisory" this morning :).