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Fog delays numerous flights on Thanksgiving Eve

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It was a foggy morning at Austin Straubel International Airport, Wednesday, November 21, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).
It was a foggy morning at Austin Straubel International Airport, Wednesday, November 21, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The friendly skies were fogged up Wednesday morning, as dense fog caused problems on one of the busiest flying days of the year.

500 passengers at Austin Straubel International Airport in Ashwaubenon were affected.

“One flight got out very early this morning before six o'clock. But six of the other departures and three arrivals have been delayed because of the fog,” airport director Tom Miller told FOX 11.

It was a similar situation at Outagamie County Regional Airport. Officials there say out of five flights to or from Chicago, two flights were canceled. 

Almost 100 flights had been canceled at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport as of mid-morning – and another 400 flights were delayed.

At Milwaukee’s Mitchell International, 3 outgoing and incoming flights were canceled earlier Wednesday – and at least 16 flights had been delayed in both directions.

The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory until noon for much of the Upper Midwest, including Wisconsin. Scattered fog cleared out of much of Wisconsin during the 9 o’clock hour – but a few southern locations were still fogged in as of 10 o’clock.

The AAA said an estimated 64,000 Wisconsinites were planning to fly to Thanksgiving dinner with their families.

Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast for this afternoon, once the fog clears out. Highs Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be in the 50’s and 60’s throughout Wisconsin.

But things are supposed to cool off by Black Friday – and the after-Thanksgiving shoppers can expect highs in the 30’s with scattered snow showers. 

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