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Killer fog: Striking images from the dense gloom that crippled Houston and triggered traffic madness

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fog in Houston Chase Tower downtown February 2014
KHOU Weather posted this viewer photo, captioning it, "Chase Tower, tallest building in southern US, covered in fog in downtown." KHOU Weather/Twitter
fog in Houston Rice University February 2014
A Twitter photo from Rice University News, "Dense #fog here @RiceUniversity in Houston!" Rice University News/Twitter
fog in Houston February 2014 fog at airport
"Stuck in Houston because of fog. 😞 #boo," Patrick Little shares with this pic. Patrick Little/Twitter
fog in Houston February 2014 eerie fog in trees
"Eerie early morning Houston fog," Jo-Ann David comments on her Twitter photo. Jo-Ann David/Twitter
fog in Houston February 2014 Rice University quad
Another Twitter pic from Rice University News: The #fog-filled quad of @RiceUniversity in Houston this morning." Rice University News/Twitter
fog in Houston February 2014 car
"Holy #fog Batman!," Chris Stipes of Fox 26 writes. "That is, believe it or not, just a mile from downtown #Houston be careful." Chris Stipes/Twitter
fog in Houston February 2014 downtown
"Somewhere in all this fog is downtown Houston," says Hiren Joshi. Hiren Joshi/Twitter
fog in Houston February 2014 like London Fog
Hagla Sophia captions her photo, "Eat your heart out London fog, Houston is winning today." Hagia Sophia/Twitter
fog in Houston February 2014 Post Oak Central
"Super foggy leaving work," Brittanydee notes. Brittanydee/Statigram
fog in Houston February 2014 pink pants
A message from Brenda Paola, "Best way to not get run over in the fog PINK NEON PANTS!!" Brenda Paola/Statigram
fog in Houston Chase Tower downtown February 2014
fog in Houston Rice University February 2014
fog in Houston February 2014 fog at airport
fog in Houston February 2014 eerie fog in trees
fog in Houston February 2014 Rice University quad
fog in Houston February 2014 car
fog in Houston February 2014 downtown
fog in Houston February 2014 like London Fog
fog in Houston February 2014 Post Oak Central
fog in Houston February 2014 pink pants

Fog in Houston doesn't come in on "little cat feet," as poet Carl Sandburg most beautifully described this mysterious cloud.

Rather, it pounced on the city this Monday morning, catching many people on their way to work or school or just awakening completely by surprise. The National Weather Service declared a Dense Fog Advisory for the Houston area because of the low visibility in the morning The dense fog wreaked havoc on the roads with numerous crashes, including a fatal wreck on the Katy Freeway that blocked six lanes of traffic shortly before 10 a.m.

Earlier, a 19-year-old driver was killed when he smashed into a tree and a light pole in the foggy, wet conditions. 

The heavy, early morning fog coverage is giving way to scattered rain as a cold front now moves through Southeast Texas.

Fog, rain, sleet, hail and snow in the past seven days. What's next? Maybe only the postman knows.

Click through the slideshow for striking images of a foggy morning in H-Town.

Got a great photo of a Houston happening or everyday occurrence? Send it to barbara@culturemap.com, along with details (who, what, where and why it's special). It might make our Pix of the Day.

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