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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 11 at 8:53AM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH

This Afternoon

Hi40° Rain

Tonight

Lo34° Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain then Slight Chance Showers

Friday Night

Lo33° Slight Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi47° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi56° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo39° Mostly Cloudy

After the smoke: Heavy rain, wind

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Amanda Toloy of Yakima plays with her daughter Ava Garza, 4, in the water at Wenatchee Confluence State Park on a smoky Monday.

WENATCHEE — An inversion that trapped smoke and caused unhealthy breathing conditions across much of North Central Washington on Monday was expected to lift today.

But the incoming storm system responsible for the change also brings with it the possibility of gusty winds, heavy rain, hail, lightning and possibly flooding.

The National Weather Service issued several warnings and advisories for hazardous weather conditions through at least Wednesday afternoon and possibly the end of the week.

In addition, bans on outdoor burning have been expanded to include all state Department of Natural Resources lands and all Washington State Parks.

The U.S. Forest Service firefighters working to corral several NCW fires were given a heads-up to be prepared for just about any weather Tuesday, fire officials said.

Rain was falling over some of the fires by mid morning. Most of the blazes burning actively across the region continue to grow but have not made any significant runs in several days.

On Tuesday, small spot fires were detected and some fires burned outside of containment lines. But all the fire activity was quickly checked by helicopters and retardant drops, fire officials said. As a precaution, low-level evacuation advisories around the Hansel Fire in the Blewett Pass corridor were expanded to cover Highway 97 between and including Old Blewett Highway and Camas Road. The area was expanded because of expected thunderstorm-related winds, said Hansel Fire spokesman Rick Acosta. The fire spotted south of Ingalls Creek but that spread has been contained.

The only fire that grew considerably on Monday was the Duncan Fire in the Entiat Valley, where crews were preparing to do burnout operations from Shady Pass Road on Tuesday.