Winds may move Memorial Day plan indoors

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Dust is in the air and with high pollen levels, allergy relief isn't very likely as conditions get worse for Memorial Day weekend.

Mesa County may have to postpone outdoor Memorial Day activities if the winds worsen. Strong winds are stirring up large amounts of dirt and dust.

The Mesa County Health Department issued a high pollen alert today and said the winds may become more intense tomorrow.

"With that wind, it's bringing all sorts of dust from out of state, and also all the pollen is airborne for a long amount of time," said Edward Brotsky.

Officials at the health department advise those with pre-existing respiratory conditions to limit their time outdoors.

"If you're suffering from allergies, this is not a good time. We see high levels in all three categories: trees, weeds and grasses," said Brotsky.

And it's also important not to participate in activities that may create dust, such as dirt biking or off-roading. The pollutants of concern in the dust are particles that you would see blowing off a dirt road or a vacant lot.

"They're small particles. They're about maybe the tenth of the size of a human hair, but they're still fairly large for airborne particles," said Brotsky.

For now we have to wait it out before we know whether this Memorial Day weekend will have to be one spent inside.

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