Dense fog advisory in effect all morning, low visibility for much of Western Washington

SEATTLE -- October is typically the foggiest month for the area, and today, "Fogtober" is living up to its name.

Visibility is less than a quarter-mile in some parts of Western Washington Monday morning as dense fog has settled in the region.

A dense fog advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. for parts of Western Washington.

Visibility at most airports in the Puget Sound region was at about a quarter mile, except for JBLM-Ft. Lewis, which was even less -- an eighth of a mile.

Here are some safety tips for driving in the fog, courtesy of the National Weather Service:

  • Slow down and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Make your vehicle visible to others both ahead of you and behind you by using your low-beam headlights since this means your taillights will also be on. Use fog lights if you have them.
  • Never use your high-beam lights. Using high beam lights causes glare, making it more difficult for you to see what’s ahead of you on the road.
  • Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to account for sudden stops or changes in the traffic pattern.
  • To ensure you are staying in the proper lane, follow the lines on the road with your eyes.
  • In extremely dense fog where visibility is near zero, the best course of action is to first turn on your hazard lights, then simply pull into a safe location such as a parking lot of a local business and stop.
  • If there is no parking lot or driveway to pull into, pull your vehicle off to the side of the road as far as possible. Once you come to a stop, turn off all lights except your hazard flashing lights, set the emergency brake, and take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated so that other drivers don't mistakenly run into you.