Grass, weed pollen levels expected to jump in valley

Keep those tissues handy —  Mesa County Health Department officials warn that grass and weed pollens are about to ripen and invade nasal cavities across the Grand Valley.

“It is coming,” said Mike Brygger, air quality specialist for the Health Department.

The latest report on airborne allergens put out by the Health Department shows tree, grass and weed pollen in the moderate category. The grass and weed pollens are expected to jump into the “high” or the “very high” category sometime this month, he said.

“We are kind of waiting for the grass to go,” Brygger said.

Once the area dries out, temperatures rise and hot winds start blowing. Brygger said those who are susceptible to hay fever will be sneezing.

On the bright side, open-burn season ended Sunday.

“That will help with allergies,” he said. “There is less smoke in the air.”

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