ENVIRONMENT

Goodbye to haze and hello to better air quality

Jan 3, 2024, 8:00 PM

After starting the new year with poor air quality, Utah may finally be able to take a breath and fi...

Smog settles over Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023. After starting the new year with poor air quality, Utah may finally be able to take a breath and find relief from the nasty air. (Megan Nielsen/Deseret News)

(Megan Nielsen/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — After starting the new year with less-than-desirable air quality, Utah may finally be able to take a breath and find relief from the nasty air.

Bo Call with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality said better air quality is on its way.

“Over the last 24 hours, the numbers have started to go down, and many of the locations we’re looking at have really crept down into the really low single-digit numbers,” Call said. “We’re expecting to have a storefront come through [Wednesday night] and that should clear us out.”

Call said the more moisture a storm brings the more it erodes the inversion. From the looks of what’s coming, Utah could see relief for the next seven to 10 days, according to KSL Meteorologist Matt Johnson.

Johnson said with a storm building and clouds rolling in and eroding the inversion, the air should continue to improve.

Devin Oldroyd contributed to this story.

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