Patches of dense fog were obscuring visibility in eastern Suffolk County Thursday night, forecasters said, and it was expected to creep west overnight.
Conditions should clear by 6 or 7 a.m., said Peter Wichrowski, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Upton.
But with visibility down to a quarter mile or less in spots Thursday night, drivers were told to use low beam headlights or fog lamps and allow extra braking distance, the weather service warned. Fog was also covering parts of waters off Long Island.
Even when the fog clears Friday, yet another cloudy, rainy day is expected. The weekend looks soggy, and there may not be any clearing skies until Monday.
That’s the first day that appears to bring partly sunny skies with no mention of rain, the weather service said Thursday, which marked the eighth day in a row of precipitation at Long Island MacArthur Airport.
It won’t be all rain all the time, but more of a “showery, unsettled pattern” with off-and-on showers, said Carlie Buccola, a weather service meteorologist in Upton. That’s apart from Friday night into Saturday, which was looking at higher chances for rain, according to the weather service.
This continuing soggy stretch, which is forecast to last through the weekend, comes courtesy of a warm front lingering to the south, Buccola said, “keeping chances of rain and showers in the forecast.”
High temperatures were looking to climb from the upper 50s or so Friday to the low 60s Saturday and the mid- to upper 70s Sunday.
With Nicholas Spangler