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Flights delayed at YLW

Fog is slowly beginning to clear in and around Kelowna International Airport meaning air traffic is beginning to move again.

There were a few hours earlier Friday morning when nothing was moving in and out of the airport while fog engulfed the region.

Airport spokesperson Jenelle Hynes says the fog has now lifted enough to allow flights to begin arriving and leaving.

Hynes says the airport put 'Reduced Visibility Operating Procedures in place for about three hours Friday morning due to the fog.

"Each airline and each aircraft has their own abilities and limitations when it comes to visibility and fog," says Hynes.

"Because the fog was so thick, there was really no movement happening during that period."

About a half dozen flights were delayed coming into YLW and another eight were shown as delayed leaving at one point.

If you are booked on a flight Friday or have friends or family coming in, check the arrivals  and departures here.

According to meteorologist, Doug Lundquist, the fog should dissipate by late this morning or early this afternoon.

"We have such warm air aloft, the lake is still cold and there is still snow on the side of the hills," says Lundquist.

"Basically it's warm air riding over top of a cold lake which is producing that fog. But, with the sun this morning it's burning it off fairly quickly."

Lundquist says the fog should only be a one day event.

With a storm moving north of the Okanagan Lundquist says the winds will pick up Saturday making it extremely mild.

He expects temperatures to reach into the double digits.


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