Fog covers Los Angeles as cooler temperatures expected this week

Drivers were warned of dangerous conditions Wednesday, with dense fog limiting visibility throughout much of Los Angeles County. 

A fog advisory was in effect until 9 a.m., the National Weather Service said. The haze reduced visibility to less than a quarter-mile, and to near zero at times. 

The weather service advised motorists to slow down, increase following distance and use low-beam headlights.

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Earlier this week, authorities said fog may have hampered their search for a kidnapping suspect who led police on a pursuit across Orange County and slipped away after a standoff with officers in Newport Beach. Visibility was too low for helicopters to aid in the chase, police said.

Wednesday's fog will give way to temperatures in the 60s and 70s, forecasters said. Temperatures are expected to cool down this week, with fog in the morning and clear skies in the afternoon.

The cooler weather comes on the heels of a record-setting February. Monday’s reported high of 74 capped a 10-day spell of temperatures in the 70s and 80s. At an average high temperature of 77.5, February's temps sailed almost two degrees above the previous record set in 1954, according to a Times analysis.

Forecasters predict a slight chance of rain Saturday night and a "very wet" Sunday. 

"We are looking at the possibility of up to an inch in the valley and up to two inches in the mountains," said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The rain will linger into early Monday, she said, with the chance of a couple more storms through Thursday. 

"But the best chance of rain is Sunday," she said. 

sarah.parvini@latimes.com

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