Weather Service warns of dense fog in Chicago, suburbs

Dense fog was reported in Chicago and surrounding towns Thursday morning, a day after severe weather passing through the area caused major delays and hundreds of flight cancelations at O’Hare and Midway international airports.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for the “patchy dense fog,” which is expected to last until at least 8:30 a.m. in parts of Chicago, Waukegan, and northwest Indiana cities Gary and Valparaiso.

Visibility should improve inland of the lake by mid-morning, but the fog may hang around the shoreline until the afternoon, the statement said. Drivers should be mindful and be prepared for changing visibility, the statement said.

At least 580 flights were canceled at O’Hare Wednesday night, with most other flights being delayed 90 minutes or more, according to the city’s Department of Aviation. No flights were canceled at Midway, but delays averaging three hours were being reported, the department said.

Delay information was not yet available for Thursday at 6:40 a.m.

There is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday before 2 p.m. in Chicago with a high near 72 degrees, the weather service said. Thundestorms are more likely Friday paired with a high temperature of 77 degrees.

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