Stagnant air advisory for much of Washington
Monday, December 5, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service says a high pressure system over the Northwest is keeping the lid on air pollutants.
A stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of Washington, except for the mountains and part of the coast, until Friday afternoon.
Forecasters say the high pressure is trapping cooler air near the ground. With poor mixing of the lower atmosphere because of the inversion, wood smoke and car exhausts can build up.
Local clean air agencies can ban fireplace and wood stove use until rain showers arrive to clean the air.