Wildfires In Canada Having Impact Here

Andy Dahn
July 08, 2019 - 5:46 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- We're used to unusual weather across Chicagoland, but some areas may be seeing -- and smelling – something smoky.

If the sky is looking a bit hazy, Lee Carlaw with the National Weather Service in Chicago explained why to WBBM.

"This is actually smoke from wildfires that have been burning across portions of western Ontario and eastern Manitoba in southern Canada," Carlaw said Monday. "They seem to have started around the end of June, the 27th or 28th."

Carlaw said the northerly flow of a pressure system is pushing the smoke to areas across portions of eastern Wisconsin, northeastern Illinois and a large segment of Lake Michigan.

"For some very sensitive groups, they may notice some impacts due to the smoke. It's not at the concentrations that we'd be really concerned about at this point."

Those looking to snap a picture of the milky looking conditions may want to hurry.

"By tomorrow afternoon and evening, we'll turn the winds and the low levels out of the southwest and that will sort of start to push the smoke back to the north," Carlaw said. "This does happen from time to time."