After record-setting bad air quality Thursday, smoky and hazy conditions to continue


Minnesota is in for another smoky, hazy day Friday, with chances for a few showers and storms on the northern and southern edges of the state.

Friday’s forecast

Under clear skies and low humidity, northern Minnesota was off to a brisk start Friday morning with most spots in the 50s, but 40s in the Arrowhead. Crane Lake even dropped down to 39. 
Southern Minnesota had a few more clouds and stayed in the 60s. 

High will be in the 70s and 80s.

After record-setting bad air quality Thursday, smoky and hazy conditions to continue
After record-setting bad air quality Thursday, smoky and hazy conditions to continue
Forecast weather pattern Friday evening

The extra clouds south Friday morning are thanks to a storm system sliding south of the state, which is already bringing a few showers into the southwest corner of the state as of 7:30 a.m., and there will be a few showers and storms during the day along the Iowa border. 

Northern Minnesota is also likely to see a couple showers or storms by Friday evening and during the overnight, thanks to a disturbance moving through.  Neither area is expected to significant rainfall. 

Otherwise, skies would be mostly sunny, except following the worst air quality ever recorded in Minnesota Thursday, there is still widespread smoke and haze across the state.
Almost all of Minnesota is under an air quality alert until at least 3 p.m. 

The smoke should diminish slightly later Friday thanks to a southerly wind flow, but winds are expected from the north again overnight Friday and into Saturday, which could funnel back in more smoke from the Canadian fires.

A visual look (next 24 hrs) at the smoke across the area, and how it may clear a little westward today before coming back in tonight. Air Quality Alerts remain in effect for parts of the area. #mnwx #wiwx #iawx pic.twitter.com/pIBtQFzoUK

— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) July 30, 2021

That extended forecast will be updated around 9 a.m.

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