Winter Storm Alfred yields poor air quality - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Winter Storm Alfred yields poor air quality


Last weekend's rare October snow storm produced yet another problem in the state: poor air quality from wood stoves and generators.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Thursday that air quality is expected to be unhealthy for some because of high levels of particle pollution.

The forecast is based on snow pack, light winds and increased use of wood-burning and emergency generators to provide heat. The storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of utility customers.

Commissioner Daniel Esty says a brown haze is visible, particularly in valleys.

The elderly, the young and people with asthma may experience health effects such as aggravation of the heart and lung disease.

Weather conditions are expected to help improve air quality by Friday as winds dissipate pollution.

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