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Dense Fog Settles Over St. Louis, Cutting Visibility To Near Zero

Brett Blume
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11/21/12-The thickest layer of fog in recent memory plopped down on the St. Louis region overnight and as of mid-morning still hadn't eased up. This shot from the roof of the Park Pacific building at Tucker & Olive (KMOX's new home) should show a panorama of buildings to the southeast, including the St. Louis Circuit Courthouse, the Eagleton Federal Courthouse, the AT&T building, etc.
Instead all it shows is the sun trying, and failing, to burn through the thick haze. The fog's expected to hang around until noon, and possibly later. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

11/21/12-The thickest layer of fog in recent memory plopped down on the St. Louis region overnight and as of mid-morning still hadn’t eased up. This shot from the roof of the Park Pacific building at Tucker & Olive (KMOX’s new home) should show a panorama of buildings to the southeast, including the St. Louis Circuit Courthouse, the Eagleton Federal Courthouse, the AT&T building, etc.
Instead all it shows is the sun trying, and failing, to burn through the thick haze. The fog’s expected to hang around until noon, and possibly later. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Whether travelling by road or by air those looking to get an early start on the way to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving ran headlong into a thick layer of fog that descended on our area overnight, and still hasn’t let up.

Visibility on the roads early Wednesday morning was officially 1/16th of a mile, but really only extended to the length of one’s headlights.

Normally on foggy mornings drivers don’t really have to worry much until they get closer to the Missouri or Mississippi Rivers, but this batch of fog was on them as soon as they backed out of the driveway.

It was like covering your windshield with gauze and then hitting the road.

With all of the problems on area highways, what was it like for those catching a plane on this, one of the busiest travel days of the year?

“Our airfield…we’re not seeing a major impact,” explained Jeff Lea, spokesperson for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. “However, the impact is really come from this same type of weather in the Chicago area where traffic has slowed down.”

That, in turn, was pushing back takeoff times for Chicago-bound flights from Lambert.

He suggested that those with air travel plans for this holiday weekend check their website www.flystl.com.

“For folks that are flying out and for folks that are picking up passengers I think it’s crucial that you basically stay on line and check with the airlines for the latest flight status,” Lea said.

He said they expect between 16,000 and 17,000 passengers to pass through Lambert today with even more on Sunday, which is traditionally the busiest day of the year for air travel.

National Weather Service officials say it could be noon or later until the last of the fog completely burns away.

foggymorning Dense Fog Settles Over St. Louis, Cutting Visibility To Near Zero

In this shot from atop the roof of Park Pacific at Tucker & Olive, you can barely make out Christ Church Cathedral right across the street for all the fog. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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