More fog expected Wednesday in South Florida; storms expected later in week


Miami Herald Staff Report

Commuters are feeling lost in a fog this week.

Shrouding South Florida roads at one time or another: thick smoke from a brushfire, slashing rain and heavy patches of fog.

The fog is expected to be back on Wednesday morning, cutting visibility just as parents drop off their kids and head to work. Authorities also are monitoring the fire that closed a major cross-state artery Monday and Tuesday.

And on Thursday night and into Friday, heavy thunderstorms are expected to make driving even more of a white-knuckle affair.

The fog, combined with the smoke, shut down a stretch of Interstate 75 between Broward and Collier counties before it reopened after 10 a.m. Tuesday. A stretch of U.S. 27 at Krome Avenue in West Miami-Dade was closed because of low visibility as was U.S. 27 north into Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Heavy fog in Weston and West Miami-Dade slowed up suburban commutes.

“You couldn’t see about two or three car lengths in front of you,” driver Glenn Kessler told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect patchy and dense fog Wednesday morning to cut visibility to a quarter-mile or less in western portions of Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe.

FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky said authorities continually assess the I-75 situation, “making runs to see if conditions improve.” He urges drivers to use caution when faced with poor visibility.

If I-75 is closed again Wednesday in the same areas, troopers suggest taking Exit 101 in Collier County to U.S. 41, which is the Tamiami Trial, to head east. Westbound motorists are urged to head south on U.S. 27 to Krome Avenue, then south on State Road 997 to westbound U.S. 41.

Once the fog lifts, the day will shape up as breezy, with a high in the low- to mid-80s and a low in the upper-60s.

Thursday will likely be a different story.

Forecasters expect heavy thunderstorms to move in late Thursday night and continue Friday thanks to a low-pressure system across the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy storms on Monday afternoon flooded roads and caused cars to go slip-sliding into each other.

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