Wildfire Smoke from Canada, Pacific Northwest to Affect Minn. Through Saturday

September 01, 2017 10:47 AM

Wildfire smoke from Canada and the Pacific Northwest contributed to the air's hazy quality in Minnesota Friday.


KSTP Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said a large smoke plume high in the sky was expected to drift through the state during the day. Barlow added there is a chance of an overnight thunderstorm.

The area affected by the smoke includes Alexandria, Brainerd, Marshall, Ortonville, St. Cloud, and Worthington. The tribal nations of Mille Lacs and Upper Sioux are also affected. The air quality alert is in effect through Saturday.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, air quality in the state Friday morning was "good" to "moderate" for the majority of the state, with parts of southern Minnesota experiencing air quality considered "unhealthy for sensitive groups," including children and the elderly.

Track the state's air quality here.

Despite Friday's haziness, temperatures were expected to be comfortable, hovering around the low 70s. The weekend is expected to warm up slightly, with temperatures in the 80s. Labor Day, on Monday, is expected to be partially sunny and cooler.

Track weather updates here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Rebecca Omastiak

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