Visibility in central Florida on the morning of Dec. 24, 2017, was nil. The National Weather Service (NWS) area forecast for the region identified widespread shallow fog and included a “dense fog” advisory for Polk County. Ceilings would be below 500 ft. AGL and visibilities below 1 mi. in fog and mist. An AIRMET for IFR conditions was in effect. The NWS discussion stated: “Widespread IFR or lower visibility in shallow fog is now in place from Sarasota/Bradenton to ...

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