Haze over Steamboat Springs should clear after weekend

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— The smoky haze over Steamboat Spring on Friday is coming from wildfires to the northwest in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

The northwest flow of wind and a ridge of high pressure building over the Great Basin is funneling smoke from those wildfires into the Yampa Valley, according to meteorologist Matthew Aleksa with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

There are a number of large fires in Wyoming and Idaho, with some reaching into the hundreds of thousands of acres.

The haze should stick around as the northwestern winds persist throughout the weekend. However, Aleksa said, a switch in the flow after the weekend should clear out the smoke.

Southwestern winds on Monday and Tuesday will cut off the northwestern flow and push the smoke out of the area, according to Aleksa.

The southwestern flow also should bring a chance of precipitation at the beginning of next week, he said.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4254 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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