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Tis the Sneezin' Season

The first weekend of spring treated us to a taste of coming attractions but at a price. Tree Pollen season is here. Tony has the wheezin' and sneezin' story!

Tree Pollen Spurt Arrested

Our first serious “jump” in tree pollen levels of the season has just about run its course. That spells a better breathing day ahead on Tuesday.

Right on cue as spring arrived this weekend, trees led a full fledged “fast break-out”. Thanks to warm sunshine and gusty breezes, temperatures soared toward 70 and our native hardwoods came to life.

This week, the Redbud is leading the charge as the first ornamental of spring to bloom. Close behind, the pear trees, ornamental Bradford and Cleveland, are about to leave their tight fisted clusters and emerge on the scene. Give the pears another week before they are in full bloom.

Of course the blooming of trees begins the 6 week tree pollen barrage. From now thru Kentucky Derby weekend (first of May), tree pollen levels will be high on any warm, breezy and sunshiny day.

On this Monday evening though, Old Man Winter is about to deal a setback to both spring and our budding trees. Cold air is filtering in from the Dixie states (just like Josh said last night) and that spells an early season coating of snow in the mountains of WV and Kentucky at dawn Tuesday. Above the 2000 elevation level, wet snow will mix with rain late tonight and at the 2500’ level, a slushy accumulation of snow is likely. Towns like Lewisburg, Oak Hill, Beckley, Richwood and Summersville are likely to awaken to a mantle of wet snow on rooftops, grass and cars.

Of course, the cold and damp turn in the weather will knock the stuffing out of tree pollinations, so hay fever sufferers will breathe a sigh of relief tonight, Tuesday and early on Wednesday!

Warmer and brighter weather will return by Wednesday and Thursday, so tree pollen levels will be rising again later this week.

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