Stepped outside this morning in Snoqualmie? If so, you might think you’re near a camp site as the smell of smoke is in the air today; and still waiting to hear if the smell is as prevalent in the lower valley and North Bend.
Blame an offshore wind flow and the Central Washington wildfires for the white, hazy skies and smokey smell. Weekend lightening storms triggered many of those wildfires; one of the largest near Wenatchee. The easterly winds are bringing the smoke into our area.
The Komo Weather Department says, “Air quality is going to be in the moderate category today, due to the fires burning in Central Washington. Some of the smoke will cross over the Cascades; making way for hazy conditions throughout Puget Sound.” If this morning is an indicator, a lot of the smoke is making its way into the Snoqualmie Valley.
A Red Flag Warning is also in effect through early Friday morning for most the Western Washington lowlands. That means extreme wildfire conditions exist and would spread rapidly given these weather conditions.