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Thick fog causes delays, cancellations at Vancouver International Airport

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    Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:50 PM -

    Dense fog moved into Vancouver Thursday morning, prompting cancellations and delays at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

    "Passengers travelling from YVR to destinations in B.C. may experience some delays ... due to fog throughout the province," read a statement on the airport's website

    "Please check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport."

    West Jet and Air Canada posted similar messages on their websites as well.

    By mid-morning, about a dozen West Jet flights had been impacted by the poor visibility.

    Flights departing from the Vancouver Flight Centre have also been affected.

    "The main culprit of this dense fog is a very strong area of high pressure that has been sitting over B.C. and most of the Pacific coast," says Monica Vaswani, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

    "This allow for moist air from the Pacific to become trapped, especially in low-lying areas."

    Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for inner south coast regions, warning of "extensive" fog for the next few days.

    The conditions are expected to persist through the weekend, but a change in wind patterns early next week could cause a less extensive cloud cover.

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