Air Quality Alert For SE Minnesota Extended Into Sunday
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The smoky air arriving in the Rochester area today is now expected to linger longer than expected.
The National Weather Service says the Air Quality Alert for southeastern Minnesota has been extended through noon on Sunday. It was originally scheduled to expire at 3 PM on Saturday.
The entire state of Minnesota is under an Air Quality Alert due to elevated fine particulate pollution from wildfires burning in British Columbia and Alberta Canada. A cold front is pulling the smoky air into Minnesota and the pollution levels are forecast to be high enough to be considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, the very old and young, and people with chronic health conditions.
Forecasters say it is possible the air-quality index could rise to a level that is unhealthy for everyone in some areas before cleaner air arrives in the state.