Much of the Inland Northwest waking up to a thick blanket of fog - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Much of the Inland Northwest waking up to a thick blanket of fog

Downtown Spokane with Fog: 6:16 a.m. Friday Downtown Spokane with Fog: 6:16 a.m. Friday

SPOKANE, Wash.- Much of the Inland Northwest is waking up Friday morning a very thick blanket of fog. The fog stretches from Cheney to Sandpoint and is expected to last until at least 10 a.m. The National Weather Service reports the high on Friday will be somewhere around 53 Degrees, with a low Friday night of 33 degrees.

KHQ spoke with the Spokane Police Department Friday morning, they say there aren't any traffic incidents, but advise drivers to be very cautious during the morning commute. Fog can be very dangerous to drive in. Weather.com has some guidelines for driving in it:

  •  Slow down and do not drive faster than your vision.
  •  Be cautious, fog can become thicker without warning and without being noticed until it is too late to react.
  •  Increase following distance to ensure enough reaction time and stopping distance.
  •  Turn on all your lights-including your hazard lights. Use low beam headlights and fog lights. Do not use high beams.
  •  Turn on your 4-way flashers to give vehicles
  • approaching from behind a better opportunity to see and notice your vehicle.
  •  Use windshield wipers and defroster as necessary to maximize visibility.
  •  Be ready for emergency stops by other vehicles.
  •  If possible, drive in a "pocket" where no other vehicles are around you.
  •  Turn off your cruise control so you are in control of your vehicle.
  •  Use the right edge of the road or roadside reflectors as a guide.
  •  Listen for traffic you can't see.
  •  Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles, unless absolutely necessary.
  •  Remember that other drivers have limited sight distance and that fog makes the road wet.
  •  Signal early, and when you use your brakes, don't stomp on them.
  •  Watch out for slow-moving and parked vehicles.
  •  If you cannot see, pull completely off the road preferably at a rest area or truck stop.
  •  If you pull off the road, turn on your hazard flashers immediately.
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