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Fog could bog down morning commute across metro Phoenix

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PHOENIX – With possible dense fog in the metro Phoenix forecast, commuters should be prepared for low visibility and long drive times Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service said fog is possible in low-lying regions in central Arizona, including the Phoenix area, and southwest California between 4 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Visibility could be reduced to a quarter-mile or less.

“The low clouds will hang on overnight and into Wednesday morning, looking for some patchy or widespread … dense fog developing over parts of the metro,” Mark O’Malley of the National Weather Service in Phoenix told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday afternoon.

“So for your morning commute Wednesday you may want to leave a little bit extra time in case dense fog is affecting your area.”

O’Malley said in addition to impacting road traffic, the fog could cause issues with air traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

“If we get dense fog [Wednesday] morning across the airport, that will certainly affect some of the operations there,” he said.

The Phoenix area experienced light rain on and off Tuesday, and that could continue Wednesday morning.

Wednesday’s high temperature was expected to about the same as it was Tuesday, in the low 60s, but clear skies and temperatures in the 70s should return Thursday and remain through the weekend.

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