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More dense fog rolls into Tampa Bay area, causes I-75 closure

Dense fog continued to shroud the Tampa Bay area Friday, creating dangerous conditions on roadways and prompting an early morning shutdown of I-75 in Sarasota County.

A 12-mile stretch of the interstate was closed early Friday from mile marker 205 to 193, after the Florida Highway Patrol determined visibility was too low to allow drivers on the road.

Visibility, experts said, was near zero when FHP troopers began to divert drivers off the interstate. Southbound traffic was being waved off the interstate at Exit 205, Clark Road, and northbound traffic at Jacaranda Boulevard, exit 193.

It was not immediately clear how long the road would be shut down. Motorists were advised to seek alternate routes, such as U.S. 41.

The National Weather Center issued a dense fog advisory for the area until 9 a.m.

As the day progresses, forecasters said, the fog will lift.

Partly sunny conditions will bring temperatures back into the 80s Friday afternoon, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. The warm weather will continue into the weekend, with slightly windier conditions expected Saturday, Marquez said.

By Sunday, a cold front should roll into the bay area, bringing a chance of rain and cooler temperatures, experts said.

More dense fog rolls into Tampa Bay area, causes I-75 closure 03/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 2, 2012 11:26am]
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