Smoke from wildfires in the U.S. west coast blankets Saskatchewan

The smoke we’re seeing in parts of the province this morning is coming from devastating fires on the U.S west coast.

Sara Hoffman from Environment Canada says a pattern change in the upper atmosphere is responsible.

“We now have flow that is bringing the smoke aloft that is originating in Washington, Oregon and California over north and eastward.”

Hoffman at the weather office says it will be with us for a little while yet.

“Over the course of the next little while, we are expecting it to continue (Monday) and into (Tuesday),” Hoffman said. “Into (tomorrow) afternoon, we have a cold front sweeping through, which should change the direction of the winds, and sort of scour out smoke and send it south of the border.”

She says the smoke is so far up in the atmosphere, it shouldn’t be too detectable.

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