Skip to main content

Expect hazy skies in Minnesota as smoke from West Coast fires arrive

California and Oregon have been burning for days, causing horrific conditions.

The raging forest fires that have led to orange skies on America's northern West Coast are now having an impact on the weather in Minnesota.

Smoke from the fires has been drifting east in recent days, and on Sunday evening led to hazy skies as it moved into the upper atmosphere above Minnesota.

The National Weather Service says that this in turn will lead to more red and orange sunrises and sunsets for the next few days.

But the smoke is moving in the upper atmosphere rather than mixing in closer to ground, meaning there's less likely to be the smoky smells and major impact on air quality.

ABC News reports that at least 27 people have died across three states in the past week as a result of the wildfires, with 29 separate fires burning in California alone.

Aside from the hazy skies, Minnesota is set for a warmer few days after the chilly, late-fall temperatures of last week.

Temperatures are expected to return to the 80s on Tuesday, but will then take another dip back into the 50s by the end of the week.

Follow Bring Me The News on YouTube

Next Up


Charges: Minnesota elementary school teacher sexually assaulted 3 boys

The incidents were captured on video taken inside an elementary school classroom.

Police tape

Person shot by police in St. Paul Monday evening

It happened around 6:10 p.m. on the city's East Side.

Kollie Jr.

Woman killed in Moorhead identified as suspect's mother

An appeal has been issued to find the suspect's vehicle, which remains missing.


Ticket details released for 5-week run of 'Hamilton' in Minneapolis

The tour of the production has been delayed twice due to the pandemic.


Minnesota Board of Pharmacy files lawsuit against 3 THC edible retailers

The board has received 46 complaints in the past four months regarding the products.

Screen Shot 2022-12-05 at 2.53.55 PM

ATF now investigating fire at Lyndale Avenue apartment building

It was the second fire at a vacant building owned by the same landlord that was being used by squatters in the past few months.


Let the good times roll

Minnesota Roller Derby is back!


Beloved restaurant in southeastern MN to close after 40 years

A final night of celebrations is scheduled for Dec. 17.


MN town shelves ordinance allowing residents to sue abortion providers

Attorney General Keith Ellison advised the town to not go forward with the ordinance.

Spring Street Tavern

Man shot dead inside Minneapolis tavern is identified

The suspect is being held on probable cause murder.


Here's why there'll be a hazy sky over Minnesota Thursday

Smoke from large wildfires is being blown through the state.


Photos: Smoke-filled skies in northern Minnesota

Wildfire smoke is creating a thick, gray haze in parts of the northland.

smoke, hazy sky, wildfire smoke

Hazy conditions may lift temporarily, but smoke will keep coming for MN

Drifting smoke "will likely remain with us for a while," one group warned.

Smoke and haze Minneapolis

Where to expect wildfire smoke in Minnesota on Monday, Tuesday

After a brief weekend break, the poor air quality will be back to start the week.

Hazy skies this morning? It's wildfires

Smoke from Canada is drifting down through Minnesota.

Smoke and haze Minneapolis

Air quality still bad on Friday as wildfire smoke continues to blanket MN

The smoky haze will continue till at least Friday afternoon.