Lead BZ 021116 Inversion

An inversion covers Northern Utah and makes visibility limited in downtown Ogden on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. The Wasatch Front topped the nation in air pollution for the second day in a row on Thursday.

SALT LAKE CITY — Northern Utah’s hazy skies will be sticking around for at least another week. 

There’s a small chance inversion conditions could break on Thursday as a weak weather system moves through the area, but the outlook looks better for the weekend, according to Charlotte Dewey, a meteorologist with National Weather Service of Salt Lake City

“With the way the weather systems have been evolving... Friday/Saturday looks much better than Thursday,” she said. 

There’s also a chance of a little precipitation in Northern Utah over the weekend, Dewey said.

Temperatures in the Ogden area will remain in the lower 40s throughout the week, according to the NWS forecast

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has issued a mandatory no-burn alert until at least Tuesday in Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties. 

During mandatory no-burn alerts, people are asked to not use solid fuel burning devices, reduce or stop open-burning and reduce vehicle use by consolidating trips. Industries are urged to optimize operating conditions to minimize air pollution emissions.

Air quality is expected to diminish as the week goes on in Weber and Box Elder counties, according to the UDEQ’s forecasts. While air quality will remain moderate on Monday in both counties, it will become unhealthy for sensitive groups starting on Tuesday. 

Davis County’s air quality edged into unhealthy for sensitive groups on Sunday and will remain that way until Tuesday. 

During this time, people with lung disease, children and older adults, and people who are active outdoors are particularly vulnerable. People in these groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion.

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