Pennsylvania DEP has declared an Air Quality Action Day for Susquehanna Valley on Saturday, Feb 8

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Saturday, Feb 8: 110 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Sunday, Feb 9: 100 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Current Conditions as of 1 PM on Friday: Ample sunshine under blue skies is always a welcome sight, but temperatures once again remain several degrees below normal this afternoon. High pressure will continue to build and move overhead tonight and into the day on Saturday. A few weak disturbances will swing through the region over the course of the weekend, with little to no precipitation associated with them. *** Saturday’s Forecast: Mostly clear skies into the overnight and early morning hours will allow temperatures to fall into at least the teens once again tonight. With high pressure continuing to build and shift to more overhead on Saturday, winds will become light to calm for a good portion of the day. There have been a few occasions in the past that I can remember where an icy surface on snow cover under high pressure with calm winds near the surface has allowed PM 2.5 levels to reach Code Orange levels. Conditions appear favorable for this to occur once again on Saturday. A weak disturbance passing through the region may create a brief period of snow showers. This system will not have much moisture to work with, so the less snow that develops the better the chance that PM 2.5 levels do not fall enough to avoid Code Orange for the day. Highs on Saturday will approach the 30 degree mark.  — Roble

Days when particle pollution levels are expected to be high:
* Reduce or eliminate fireplace and wood stove use.
* Avoid using gas-powered lawn and garden equipment.
* Avoid burning leaves, trash and other materials.

This forecast is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley. 

 

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