Air quality alert issued for Twin Cities, portions of central Minnesota

A break in the clouds near St. Paul. Photo: courtesy of Kathy Steinmaus
A break in the clouds near St. Paul.

December 12, 2018 08:48 AM

Parts of central Minnesota are under an air quality alert Wednesday.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the alert includes the Twin Cities metro area.


Fine particles could affect those with asthma or other breathing conditions as well as children and older adults, according to the MPCA. Stagnant weather conditions have resulted in poor dispersion of those particles and air pollutants have become trapped closer to the ground in the affected areas.

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The MCPA reports the alert will last until 6 p.m. Thursday.

The MPCA advises limiting outdoor physical activity, making sure those with breathing conditions have the medications they need on hand, and reducing vehicle trips to lessen fine particle pollution.

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