Friday's winds are moving mainly from the northwest to the southeast. Because of that, the smoke and partials from the fires, he said, will be over the metro area and toward Augusta, Ga.
As the evening continues, the winds will shift because there will be a cold front moving through the area--keeping the smoke over the metro area, but then shifting to the west this weekend, McNeil said. The smoke will push towards Rome, Ga., by Saturday morning.
Sunday will push further north, as the winds move westerly, he said. But the winds should shift around enough to clear the metro air by the end of the weekend.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, another cold front is expected to approach the fire area on Friday, crossing the area by late in the evening. Northwest winds should reach 13-18 mph on the ridges during the afternoon, with gusts up to 25 mph, heading into Friday night.
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