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Dense fog on tap for areas of the Southland

December 29, 2011 |  6:59 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for Thursday night in San Diego and southern Orange County, and parts of Los Angeles County are also being affected.

There are already patches of fog along the Los Angeles coast, stretching from the east side of Malibu down to the South Bay, according to weather service meteorologist Joe Sirard.

The fog briefly affected LAX this evening, Sirard said, but the current conditions don’t merit an advisory, which the agency issues when there is a quarter-mile or less of visibility.

“It wouldn’t be out of the question that later tonight we might need one for L.A. County,” Sirard said.

The San Diego fog advisory is set to expire by 9 a.m. Friday, meaning visiblity should not be a concern over New Year's weekend.

“It should be really nice,” Sirard said. “We’ve going to be the envy of the country. It will be one of those weekends you’re glad you live in Southern California.”


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