Devastating Canadian wildfires will bring smoke to Minnesota

- The wildfires that have forced the evacuation of thousands of residents in northern Alberta will bring some milky skies to the state of Minnesota.  Northwesterly winds at the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere will bring the smoke from the large fires to the Upper Midwest.  While you likely won’t smell smoke walking out your front door, milky white skies can be expected with filtered sunshine likely to round out our workweek.  Late Wednesday, the smoke is to our north and west as it pushes out of Canada and into the US…

Forecasts have this smoke making it into the state already early Thursday.  Here is the smoke potential for the US Thursday morning…

Layers of smoke are expected to spread from Minnesota and the Dakotas southward to the central Plains.  Now unfortunately, current technology doesn’t support forecasting overall smoke density and trajectory more than 2 days out, but if the fires continue to rage near Fort McMurray, I bet we continue to see smoke on and off right through the weekend and into early next week.

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