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Hazy air arrived in Utah Wednesday, won’t be here long

Aug 30, 2023, 8:00 PM

Hazy air in and around Salt Lake City on Friday, May 19, 2023. Photo credit: Scott Winterton/Desere...

Hazy air in and around Salt Lake City on Friday, May 19, 2023. Photo credit: Scott Winterton/Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Individuals with respiratory conditions or other sensitive health issues were forced indoors Wednesday, due to hazy air as a result of smoke arriving in Utah from wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. Those fires have been burning for more than two weeks. 

However, KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank says that will change on Thursday.

“But overall, we’re only looking at another 12 to 18 hours of this,” he said.

And with that change comes some wet weather, according to Eubank.

“Significantly improved tomorrow,” he said. “And then we’ll start to see the storminess start to creep in on Thursday, tomorrow morning, into southern Utah. And by Friday, it’s taking over the whole state, and we’ll be talking about some soggy weather as we head through the holiday weekend.”

Eubank says the hazy air arrived in northern Utah as a result of a storm that passed through Tuesday night.

“And that moved by it opened the door to the Northwest,” he said. “And we started to bring air in out of the Pacific Northwest. So, these are fires that are burning up in southern Canada, up into Washington, Oregon. And all that smoke is being transported to Utah.”

Rain is in the forecast for northern Utah through Sunday

Mark Jones contributed to this article. 

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