Dangerous, Low Visibility Fog Engulfs NE Montana Counties
Eight counties are under a Dense Fog Advisory until at least Saturday morning in northeast Montana. Very low visibility is creating dangerous driving conditions on top of already icy roads.
Many other counties in north central Montana have also been suffering with fog but northeast Montana has the biggest issue. Dropping temperatures and snow showers are adding to the issues.
Montana towns included in these advisories: Glasgow, Wolf Point, Sidney, Glendive, Poplar, Plentywood, Scobey and much of Fort Peck Lake.
A good portion of this Dense Fog Advisory will be during dark hours. It's extremely important to reduce your driving speed, use your vehicle's LOW beams and fog lights if you have them. (High beams can actually reduce your visibility further.)
If you must drive and find yourself in this dense fog, use the lines on the right side of the road as a guide to keep you in your lane. Low temps along with fog may create icy roads as well.
Do not use your cruise control in these weather conditions.
According to the National Weather Service:
- A DENSE FOG ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM SATURDAY.
- WHAT...Visibility one quarter mile or less in dense fog.
- WHERE...Several counties in northeast Montana.
- WHEN...Until 6 AM Saturday.
- IMPACTS OF THIS DENSE FOG ADVISORY...Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility. Black ice will make some roads icy.
- ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT THIS DENSE FOG ADVISORY...Freezing fog will accumulate on power lines. Power outages are possible.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS TO TAKE... If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you and the next vehicle.