Treasure Valley weather: it’ll get worse before it gets better

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a “yellow” alert for Thursday, meaning the air quality is deteriorating.

Children, the elderly and people with lung and heart conditions should take it easy. The department also says residents of the Treasure Valley should take care to reduce emissions during the air-quality alert:

▪  Do not burn. (Go to to see if a burn ban is in effect where you live.)

▪  Wait to mow your lawn with gas-powered lawn mowers until after the alert is over.

▪  Do not idle your vehicle.

▪  Consider walking into banks, restaurants and coffee shops instead of using drive-up windows.

▪  Limit driving and making unnecessary trips.

Temperatures Thursday are expected to be in the high 80s, as well.

But it won’t last too long. A cold front moving into the area will bring winds of change — literally.

The National Weather Service Boise predicts breezy conditions and a 15- to 20-degree drop in temperatures Friday: