Air Quality Alert in effect for Southeast MN & Western WI this weekend

MN Info

Air Quality Alert in effect from 6 pm tonight through 12 pm Sunday

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air Quality
Alert for fine particle pollution for southeast Minnesota.

Air quality is expected to worsen beginning this evening, with the
Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasted to reach Orange or Unhealthy for
Sensitive Groups category. Light winds and poor atmospheric mixing
will produce an increased level of fine particles beginning this
evening, through the overnight, and into Saturday. Southerly winds
on Saturday will transport more fine particles into Minnesota
through Sunday morning. This is expected to produce AQI values in
the Orange or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category for the
duration of the alert period. Air quality will gradually improve
Sunday morning as a weather disturbance moves across Minnesota,
which will improve dispersion and bring in cleaner air from the west.

An Air Quality Alert for fine particle pollution is issued when the
AQI is expected to reach or exceed 101, a level considered unhealthy
for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups, such as people with lung
disease (including asthma), heart disease, and children and older
adults, should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

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WI Info


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued an Air
Quality Advisory for Particle Pollution which will remain in effect
until 300 PM CST Sunday, February 21. This advisory affects people
living in Adams, Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Grant, Jackson, Juneau,
La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Taylor, Trempealeau, and Vernon

Due to stagnant air increasing fine particle concentrations, the air
quality index is expected to reach the UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE
GROUPS level. Sensitive groups include children, elderly people,
individuals with respiratory and cardiac problems, and anyone
engaged in strenuous outdoor activities for a prolonged period of

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