Mankato under air quality warning

(St. Paul, MN) – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has expanded the air quality alert for the Twin Cities to include Mankato and other southern Minnesota cities.

The alert is effective until 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 13.  Hutchinson, Albert Lea, Rochester, and Upper Sioux.  MPCA says that fine particle levels have reached an “orange” category in these cities – meaning that levels are unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Conditions are expected to continue over the next couple of days as a plume of light winds and fog slowly move across central and southeast portions of the state.  Cleaner air is expected to move into the region Thursday afternoon.

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