Both directions of Highway 180 were blocked Tuesday at about 8:30 a.m. between Alta and Crawford avenues near Reedley after a head-on collision involving three vehicles. The roadway was reopened by midafternoon.
A preliminary report from CHP said one of the vehicles involved was a pickup towing a trailer that overturned. At least one person had been taken to Community Regional Medical Center.
The California Highway Patrol announced just after 9 a.m. that its officers had stopped pacing traffic on Highway 99 from just north of Chowchilla to Merced. The CHP reported that visibility had improved to 500 feet.
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The dense fog that blanketed most of the central San Joaquin Valley on Monday morning will return in force on Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.
The weather service issued a dense fog advisory that will last until noon on Tuesday. Patchy dense fog will limit visibility to less than a quarter mile in many areas and in some case to less than 100 feet. The California Highway Patrol advises drivers to slow down, increase following distance and use low-beam headlights.
Meteorologist Gary Sanger said the worst of the fog should hit around sunrise on Tuesday. As of 7:30 p.m. Monday, some rural Valley areas were already experiencing visibilities below 300 feet.
Cloud movement on Tuesday will determine if the dense fog returns Wednesday morning, Sanger said.
High temperatures should sit in the low-60s throughout the week. However, on days where heavy fog persists into the afternoon, temperatures could stay in the mid-50s. Fresno’s average high temperature for this time of year is 54.
A small storm is expected to push the fog out of the Valley this weekend, Sanger said. Merced, Mariposa and northern parts of Fresno County will have a slight chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday.
Tuesday morning school busy delays
Burrel Elementary: 2-hour delay
Chowchilla Elementary: 1-hour delay
Farmersville: Plan A
Golden Plains: Plan A
Kerman: Plan A
Kings Canyon-Valley: 1 1/2-hour delay
Mendota: Plan A
Monson-Sultana: Plan A
Sundale: 1-hour delay
Tulare County Office of Education-STA Central and North: half-hour delay
Traver: Plan A
Tulare Joint Union High: Plan A
West Side Elementary: Plan A
Monday’s fog caused visibility of less than one-quarter mile, which caused several transportation issues in Fresno.
The California Highway Patrol reported numerous minor collisions Monday morning and recommends that drivers slow down in the fog.
Heavy fog forced a halt to commercial airline movement for about four hours at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Airport spokeswoman Rhonda Jorn said the ground stop was in effect from 4:10 a.m. to 8:09 a.m. before airlines could resume operations. Fog prompted the cancellation of two incoming flights from Phoenix and one arrival from Seattle, Jorn said, and one departing flight to San Diego was also canceled. One other flight from Fresno to San Francisco was canceled for fog — not in Fresno, but in San Francisco.
Several other departures from FYI were delayed by fog but eventually got off the ground, Jorn said.