Strong valley inversions will continue to produce hazy conditions with light winds and chilly temperatures…especially at night. Air quality could deteriorate to the point where there could be some mandatory wood burning restrictions; although at last check those cutbacks were voluntary (we have a Yellow Light for the burn code). The capping ridge of high pressure will stay over the region through most of the work week, with mountain temperatures as warm if not warmer than the valleys throughout. On Friday, a weak front will pass by to our north which could give us enough wind to finally clear out the stagnant air. The weekend is looking mostly sunny and mild.
It’s probably a good time to go over the burn codes again. A Green Light means that there are no restrictions to burning wood (fireplaces, wood and pellet stoves, etc…) in Washoe County. A Yellow Light means the air quality is marginal, and in an attempt to keep it from getting unhealthy we are being asked to voluntarily cut back on any burning.
Once the air quality reaches the unhealthy range, a Red Light Burn Ban can be issued, and it is mandatory that all burning cease. For more info go to www.ourcleanair.com.