Expected Smoke Relief Will Take Its Time Getting Here

Sep 14, 2020

The National Weather Service says a system that was to push smoke out of the Inland Northwest is weaker than expected.
Credit Doug Nadvornick/SPR

National Weather Service forecasts over the weekend indicated we might see winds early in the week that would move some of the thick wildfire smoke out of the region.

 

But the newest computer modeling indicates the weak low pressure coming in late Monday and early Tuesday won't have much of an impact on the smoke.

 

“There was a potential for a little bit stronger winds coming in, for later today into tomorrow, and there's some slight shower chances but it's mainly around the mountains and that system's looking pretty weak so the impacts are not expected to be significant enough to move anything out," said National Weather Service meterologist Jeffrey Cote.

 

 

He forecasts maybe a slight chance of light rain Monday evening in the mountains. But the next best chance for some smoke relief from winds, along with some rain, won't be until the end of the work week.

 

“That's during the day Friday and I’m looking at our forecasts and there's about a 50% chance for Friday night, and then early in the day Saturday and then they start to wind down," Cote said.

One effect the smoke has had is that is has also reduced the expected high temperatures. Cote says computer models had showed expected temperatures to be almost 20 degrees hotter on Sunday than the actual high in the upper 60s. The cooler temperatures are expected to continue for the rest of the week.