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Air quality may be impacted by blowing dust the evening of Sunday, March 28 – Monday, March 29

According to the National Weather Service Spokane, “A vigorous cold front late Sunday into Monday will bring the potential for strong and damaging winds. Blowing dust could also develop over western portions of the Columbia Basin near recently worked fields.”

Air quality can be affected by dust from windy conditions. When it’s dusty, it’s important to take precautions to protect your health.

Pictured: View of Spokane looking toward the arena during a dust storm.

Dust is made up of tiny particles. When inhaled, these particles can settle deeply into lungs and can irritate or damage sensitive tissues in the respiratory system. People with respiratory illnesses, the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and anyone engaged in strenuous physical activity outdoors are most at risk.

Here’s how you can protect yourself and your family when it’s dusty:

  • Check current air quality.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible if air quality becomes unhealthy.
  • Watch for sudden changes in visibility while driving.
  • Avoid driving during windy conditions when windblown dust is likely.
  • Turn on headlights as a safety precaution.

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