Why is it still smoky in Utah?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The start of this work week revealed something we haven’t been able to clearly see in Beehive State for a little while: blue skies!

Smoke from the wildfires burning in California has pushed plumes of smoke across Utah in recent weeks. On Monday and Tuesday, we saw southwest winds helping us, pushing thicker plumes north of the state and allowing clearer skies.

While the patchy smoke meant a hazy sun, we didn’t have high particles causing major air quality issues for the start of the work week. Unfortunately, that is changing. A cold front and a few weaker weather disturbances, crossing Utah from Wednesday to Thursday, will actually open the door for the return of thicker plumes of smoke.

We get a change in wind direction, so the smoke-filled skies will become more visible as the concentration of smoke increases throughout the state. A low pressure system moving across the Pacific Northwest will favor more westerly flow in the coming days, meaning bad air will return.

The Environmental Quality Department calls for moderate air quality for all counties in northern and eastern Utah on Wednesday, but air quality is expected to deteriorate Thursday after the frontline.

On Thursday, the unhealthy air returns with an air predicted to reach the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category for the counties of Cache, Davis, Weber, Box Elder, Salt Lake, Tooele and Utah. Expect the smoke-filled sky to linger along the Wasatch Front, with air quality issues for the remainder of the work week.

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