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Dense fog blankets Southern California; drivers warned to slow down

December 5, 2012 |  8:10 am

Wednesday is starting off foggy in Southern California, and officials have one request for drivers during the morning commute.

"Slow down," said California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. "It's pretty simple."

Jacobs said there have been no major problems caused by the fog, but weather experts warned that some roads might be slicker than normal because of dense patches of fog stretching from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles counties.

A "dense fog advisory" will be lifted at 9 a.m., but forecasters expect the fog to linger throughout the morning, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Coastal areas are affected the most, he said.

"We're asking people to slow down and give a lot of distance" between themselves and other vehicles, he said, adding that drivers should turn on their low beams.

Los Angeles International Airport reported no significant delays in arrivals or departures.

As far as the rest of the forecast, Seto said Wednesday should be the warmest day of the week, with temperatures hitting the low 70s in downtown Los Angeles and the mid-60s at the beaches. Downtown temperatures should hover in the upper-60s for the rest of the week, he said.

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