Air quality expected to be poor Monday; yellow air quality alert issued

January 19, 2014 

A yellow air quality alert has been issued for Monday, meaning those who are sensitive to poor air quality should limit their time outdoors. Inversion conditions are trapping cold air and pollution in the Treasure Valley.

The alert issued by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says that outdoor burning and wood stove/fireplace is prohibited Monday in Ada and Canyon counties, as well as all the cities in those counties.

There may be patches of dense fog Monday, but the National Weather Service didn't expect it to be widespread. Temperatures will dip down to a low of 24 Monday morning, and the high for the day is forecast to be about 30.

It won't get much warmer through the middle of the week, with forecast highs in the mid-30s and overnight lows in the low 20s. No significant precipitation is expected in the Treasure Valley this week.

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