Smoky conditions will lessen

PENDLETON – The dense smoke from the wildfires burning in Western Oregon and Western Washington could begin to clear today. Things began to improve slightly Sunday, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Larry Nierenberg.

“We’ve already seen a shift in the wind, but so much of it (the smoke) was trapped in the lower elevations,” he said. “The good news is, there is a low-pressure system that will arrive along the coast Wednesday or Thursday, bringing some much needed rain to Western Oregon.”

That front will reach this area late this week. Nierenberg says there’s a chance of light rain in the Columbia Basin Friday and Saturday. The dense smoke advisory is in effect until noon today. Air quality will continue to be an issue with widespread haze and areas of patchy smoke in the forecast into Friday.

Photo from ODOT I-84 at milepost 203 Sunday