When Will the Air and Smoke in West Virginia Get Better?

The haze that crept across West Virginia on Wednesday morning due to poor air quality has yet to clear more than 24 hours later. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution from Canadian wildfires is affecting air quality in West Virginia.

Although forecasts indicated that the haze and bad air quality would clear out of West Virginia by Thursday afternoon, it now appears like they will remain until Friday.

Forecasts from AirNow indicate that by Friday, the air quality will have improved from “unhealthy” to “moderate.” The air has gotten slightly better recently.

The tweet below verifies the news:

On Wednesday morning, the air quality index (AQI) was “very unhealthy” throughout much of north central West Virginia, including Clarksburg, Fairmont, and Morgantown. However, the AQI for the whole region was “unhealthy” by Thursday morning.

People may still feel the impacts, and those with preexisting ailments or those who are particularly vulnerable (the elderly, the young, and those with respiratory illnesses like COPD and asthma) may be more hard hit.

On Thursday at 10:27 a.m., the National Weather Service issued an air quality alert for all of north-central West Virginia. To lessen the impact of the poor air quality, people should limit their time spent outdoors.

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