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Pollutants On The Increase

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A high pressure ridge will continue to keep hold over our atmosphere through the weekend which will strengthen the inversion and air stagnation which means pollutants may reach unhealthy levels by weeks end. You can find a link to the DEQ website to find air quality levels in your area under weather links. For the next two days we’ll see some light precipitation in the northwest sector of our region including the Cascades, the north coast and the Umpqua Valley. On Valentine’s Day we’ll see the return of sunshine and the warming trend continue with the warmest day of the week falling on Friday. Through Friday we’ll also see the chance for overnight and morning fog and low clouds through the morning.

A weak front will approach late Saturday bringing in our next chance for light precipitation and breezy winds. As of now the timing looks to be late Saturday through early Sunday with little accumulation with snow levels around 3,000 feet. A stronger storm looks to approach on Tuesday bringing more widespread heavy precipitation.

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Meteorologist Megan Parry