Update: Twin Cities air quality advisory canceled

It might not be a good idea to spend too long outdoors on Tuesday.
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The air quality advisory that was issued for the Twin Cities Monday has been canceled.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Tuesday air quality in the metro area has improved, thanks to some overnight snow that reduced the fine particle levels in the air.

Air quality in the rest of the state is expected to improve by Tuesday afternoon.

You can read our original story below.

An air quality advisory has been issued for the Twin Cities metro area starting Monday afternoon until Wednesday morning.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued the advisory which is effective from 3 p.m., saying that fine particle pollution combined with no wind is creating "stagnant" conditions.

With wind speeds not expected to increase until late Tuesday night, the air quality index is likely to remain at "moderate" levels until 12 a.m. on Wednesday, when the advisory ends.

The MPCA says it has the potential to impact sensitive groups including those with cardiovascular or respiratory diseases, the elderly, and children.

Those who are considered sensitive should postpone or reduce vigorous activity outdoors and minimize their exposure to sources of air pollution (such as heavy traffic and wood fires).

If you can stand the cold (though it's going to be a balmy 35 degrees in the Twin Cities Tuesday), the MPCA suggests people use public transportation during the advisory to reduce air pollution, or consider car pooling and stop leaving engines idle.

The current air quality index has most of Minnesota listed at moderate, but it is worse in built up areas, with the Twin Cities, Duluth and Brainerd all having elevated levels of particle pollution.

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