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Haze, Smoke Settles in Wednesday

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 6:11 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 12:50 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - There has been a prominent haze in the skies over Greater Nebraska in recent days, the result of smoke plumes from California wildfires being transported into the Central Plains via upper level winds. The smoke has been mainly in the upper levels of the atmosphere, the effects of which resulting only in filtered sunshine and spectacular sunsets. On Wednesday, a cold front passing south through the state could direct some of that upper level smoke closer to the ground, possibly impacting those sensitive to air pollution. There remains some uncertainty to what degree this will impact visibility or air quality, but sinking air behind the front could allow smoke to settle a little closer to the surface Wednesday afternoon and will have to be monitored. Some areas of Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota behind the front have been moderately affected with smoke levels low enough to have a minor impact on folks with health issues....the general air quality still being acceptable for everyone else. The smoke is expected to thin out by Wednesday evening.

Could impact air quality in some areas...
Could impact air quality in some areas...(KNOP)

Beyond the smokiness, skies will only see a few high clouds accompanying the front, which should quietly pass through due to lack of moisture. Temperatures will be in the lower 80s on Wednesday but will warm into the mid to upper 80s through the middle part of the week. There is still concern for elevated fire concerns as the week continues will little prospects for rain. Right now the the best chance appear to be late Sunday night but even then coverage looks isolated to widely scattered.

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