Dense Fog Blankets Long Island

Drivers are being warned to take it slow on the roads due to the decreased visibility caused by a thick fog blanketing Long Island as rain starts to fall across the region.

A dense fog advisory in effect for the tri-state area through noon Thursday, but is expected to continue through the evening, especially in coastal areas, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists. Another fog advisory has been issued for 8 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday.

“Visibilities will frequently be reduced to one quarter mile or less,” NWS said in a statement. “If driving…slow down…use your low beam headlights…and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed.”

The advisory came as the forecast calls for temperatures to hit a high of 61 with a chance of less than a tenth of an inch of rain, mainly after 9 p.m. Chances of up to a quarter of an inch of rain increase Friday, when temps are expected to hit a high of 55 before dropping into the 40s this weekend.

Forecasters say the weather will clear up for a sunny Saturday with before clouds move in again Sunday when the chance of rain returns after sundown into Monday.