As the cheerful glow of the Christmas holiday begins to wear off, dense fog is expected to return to the Valley for the weekend.

Scott Borgioli, chief meteorologist for, said a system of high pressure and near-freezing temperatures will create ideal conditions for fog to form. How dense and how widespread the fog is will depend on how much the atmosphere relaxes and allows wind and clouds, which prevent fog from forming. Because Hanford’s elevation is comparatively lower than other parts of the Valley, the area is more likely candidate for dense fog to develop.

Travelers returning to the area from their holiday travels over the weekend should be prepared for low visibility during the late evening and morning hours between tonight and Sunday morning. AAA estimates 98.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or move during the holiday period from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4, a 4 percent increase over last year.

“On the weekend return, those are going to be prime days for fog to form,” Borgioli said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-30s to low 40s. Highs will stay in the mid-to-upper 50s into next week.

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