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Unusual thick fog snarls Riviera Maya air and road traffic

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Riviera Maya commuters were forced to deal with a morning of thick highway fog Wednesday. The unusual fog was the result of the cold front that has dumped torrential rains from Isla Mujeres to Chetumal.

The front has also caused a significant decrease in nighttime temperatures with some areas recording 17C (62F), according to State Civil Protection.

On Wednesday, Governor Mara Lezama posted a highway driving notice to motorists traveling Riviera Maya roads. “Let’s take precautions (…) fog banks are seen in the Mayan area of Quintana Roo which reduces visibility on road sections,” she wrote.

The low temperatures of Cold Front 9 combined with the high humidity created thick fog along the Federal 307. While motorists made their way along the clouded highway, Volaris Airlines was also forced to deal with it.

On Wednesday morning, a Mexico City flight bound for Chetumal was unable to land. The Volaris flight was forced over to Cozumel International where it sat for several hours waiting for the intense fog to lift.

While the unusual thick fog left Riviera Maya drivers to feel their way along the Federal 307, some chose to pull over instead.
Photo: Govt Quintana Roo November 15, 2023.

According to Jorge Campos, the General Director of the Cozumel airport, the Chetumal-bound flight landed on Cozumel at 8:30 a.m. and was still grounded at 10:30 a.m., being unable to land at Chetumal.

Solidaridad meteorologist Antonio Morales said the low clouds that emerged early Wednesday morning eventually burned off. Cold front 9 that left much of the state under water from torrential rains has officially passed and sunny days are now in the forecast, he says.