Foggy weather is disrupting flights at Kelowna Airport.
Heavy mist forced numerous delays and the cancellation of four flights leaving Kelowna Tuesday morning. The poor visibility grounded more than 100 passengers, some of whom stayed overnight to catch a flight today.
"The morale of passengers seemed to be just great. People do get frustrated, but the airlines did a good job accommodating customers," said airport spokesperson Jenelle Turpin.
WestJet cancelled flights to Vancouver and Victoria. Air Canada scrubbed flights to Vancouver and Calgary. The worst period was 7 to 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The same weather is forecast to descend this morning. Environ-ment Canada is projecting a
mainly cloudy sky today with fog patches dissipating in the morning - the same as Tuesday.
Turpin recommends going online for the latest flight updates. Visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
The coast has been blanketed in thick cloud most mornings since the weekend. Fog is normal by the ocean from October through January, but the Southern Interior has a different pattern.
"Fog starts coming in at the start of winter and then end of winter, when there's drastic change in temperature," Turpin said.
Regulations dictate the cloud ceiling must be 251 feet above ground and horizontal visibility must be a mile for planes to land. Flights taking off need more than a quarter mile of visibility.
The recent mist is caused by a high-pressure ridge over the coast. Cooler, moist air gets trapped and can't circulate. The ground cover diminishes visibility to less than a kilometre.