Published: Feb 17, 2011 6:57 PM EST
Updated: Feb 17, 2011 4:05 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.-- The Florida Division of Emergency Management is urging residents and visitors to use caution throughout the state as dense fog may affect roads through Monday.

In recent weeks, fog has been a persistent problem across Southwest Florida, forcing Florida Highway Patrol to issue Weather Warnings and even shut down stretches of the interstate.

I-75 between Mile Marker 101 and Mile Marker 24 (Alligator Alley) was closed for more than 4 hours on February 3rd due to very dense fog reducing visibilities to nearly zero.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management issued the following release Thursday:

Florida Division of Emergency Management officials are strongly urging residents and visitors to use caution as patches of dense fog may affect many Florida roadways statewide this President’s Day weekend and may persist through Monday morning.
 
“A moderately humid air mass combined with warmer than normal overnight temperatures and light winds will create conditions that are favorable for dense fog formation across much of Florida early Friday and Saturday morning and likely through the entire holiday weekend,” said Amy Godsey, State Meteorologist. “The dense fog is expected to lift by mid-morning.  Until then, motorists traveling in these areas should remain alert and prepared for sudden drops in visibility.”
 
Should driving conditions be impaired, the National Weather Service will issue a Dense Fog Advisory, which means visibilities may be reduced to less than one-quarter mile.

Drivers should avoid traveling in dense fog and follow these safety tips:
 
-During the morning hours when fog is heavier, slow down and allow for extra space between vehicles.
-Use low-beam headlights and be prepared to stop on short notice.
-Avoid driving distractions such as mobile phones and music devices.
-Monitor local road conditions for possible road closures.
-Use extreme caution and allow extra time to reach your destination.