Update: North Texas is under a dense fog warning until midday Friday, the NWS says

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On Friday at 1:01 a.m. NWS Fort Worth TX issued an updated dense fog warning. The advisory is for Montague, Young, Jack, Wise, Stevens, Palo Pinto, Parker, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Somerville, Comanche, Mills, Hamilton, Bosque, Lampasas, Coryell, Bell, McLennan, Falls and Milam counties.

Visibility is a quarter mile or less in heavy fog for portions of roughly north and central Texas along and west of Interstate 35 through noon today.

“Driving conditions are expected to be poor due to reduced visibility,” the NWS explains. “A heavy fog warning means visibility will be reduced to less than a quarter mile. If you are driving, slow down, use low-beam headlights, and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.”

This notice is in effect until noon.

Driving in foggy conditions

A Dense Fog Warning is issued by your local National Weather Service office when widespread dense fog occurs. When this happens, visibility frequently drops to a quarter mile or less. These conditions make travel difficult. Take extra care when on the road or avoid driving if possible.

If you have to drive in foggy conditions, keep these safety tips in mind:

• Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.

• Make your car visible to others both in front and behind you by using low beam headlights because this means your taillights will be on as well. Use fog lights if you have them.

• Never use high beams. Using high beams creates glare, making it more difficult to see what’s ahead of you on the road.

• Leave enough distance between you and the car in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.

• To make sure you stay in the right lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.

• In very dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to turn on your hazard lights first, then simply pull over in a safe place such as a local business parking lot and stop.

• If there is no parking lot or driveway you can pull into, pull your car to the side of the road as much as possible. Once you’re stopped, turn off all lights except the flashing hazard lights, set the emergency brake, and take your foot off the brake pedal to make sure the taillights aren’t on so other drivers don’t accidentally hit you.

Source: National Meteorological Directorate

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