ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Smoke from Canadian wildfires is affecting air quality across Minnesota.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says monitors across the state are measuring elevated levels of fine particle pollution. Satellite imagery indicates the Canadian smoke is blanketing much of Minnesota.READ MORE: A Closer Look At Peter Cahill, The Judge Presiding Over Derek Chauvin's Trial
The MPCA says it’s not issuing an air quality advisory yet. The air quality index in the Twin Cities and Rochester is still in the moderate range, but even that can affect sensitive individuals.
Hazy skies are expected to persist throughout the day, and the MPCA says there may be isolated areas of dense smoke.READ MORE: Protesters March Through Downtown Minneapolis On Eve Of Chauvin Trial
Winds are expected to shift to southerly tomorrow Thursday, which may carry additional wildfire smoke into Minnesota from fires in the Central Plains.
Air pollution levels are expected to remain elevated through Friday evening.MORE NEWS: Jury Consultant: Picking Jurors In Derek Chauvin Trial Will Be 'Herculean Task'
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