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It was another careful commute this morning as motorists contended with poor visibility, but this time the white stuff wasn’t snow.

Fog enveloped the Buffalo area as the sun came up this morning. Meteorologists call it the “sunrise surprise,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Mitchell.

And it should go away by noon.

There was light fog overnight, and as the sun rose, the light winds picked up, bringing cool air off the ice cover on Lake Erie.

“It helped cool the dew point,” he said.

The fog by the Buffalo waterfront was about 300 feet thick shortly after 8 a.m.

“Above, it’s all clear skies,” Mitchell said.

That will make for a nice day when the sun burns off the fog around mid-morning, he said. Temperatures will be in the upper 50s inland, and around 50 degrees alone the lake shore.

“It will actually feel nice,” Mitchell said.

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