11/16/18 Patchy fog early, some sunshine later today, light NE breeze, high 55F, mainly clear tonight-Mon, lows 40-45F, highs 55F or so. Outlook: becoming cloudy w/ a chance of rain developing Tue-Thu, expect seasonal temperatures, highs about 55F, lows near 45F all week.
Weekend Travel: Dry pavement and smoky in the Valley, Gorge and Coast Range; in the Cascades, the free air freezing level remains well above the highway passes at 8,000′ to 10,000′ through Sunday night.
An Air Quality Alert has been issued by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for much of Oregon, in effect through tonight. Smoke from local wood stoves and other sources have combined to create unhealthy air quality in many parts of the region including the Central Coast. The National Weather Service expects winds to clear smoke from the Willamette Valley starting Friday evening. South of Eugene and other parts of the state may continue to experience stagnant air conditions and poor air quality through the weekend. Local smoke levels can rise and fall rapidly, depending on fire activity and weather factors including wind direction.
The Oregon Health Authority urges residents of affected communities to take steps to avoid health problems during smoky conditions, including:
* Avoid strenuous outdoor activities when air quality is unhealthy.
* Those with heart or lung problems, as well as young children, are especially vulnerable. These people should stay indoors while smoke levels are high.
* True high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) and non-ozone producing electrostatic precipitator (ESP) air cleaners and filters can help keep indoor air cleaner.
* Reduce other sources of indoor smoke. Avoid burning cigarettes and candles; using gas, propane, wood-burning stoves and furnaces; cooking; and vacuuming.
* If you have heart disease or lung disease, such as asthma, follow your healthcare provider`s advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms.