Wind, rain from first storm of season to bring air quality relief to Bay Area

Air quality in the Bay Area remains at unhealthy levels Monday morning, as smoke from the deadly Camp Fire burning in Butte County continues to choke the region. But relief is just around the corner, thanks to a storm system that is expected to be the biggest to hit Northern California in more than seven months.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service are predicting that a pair of storms moving in from the Pacific Ocean will bring two rounds of rain to Northern California by Friday and help wash away smoke from the Camp Fire, which ignited Nov. 8.

Ryan Walburn, a meteorologist with the weather service, said by the time Bay Area residents wake up Wednesday morning the storm will have “flushed that air pollution out of here.”

“First it will be strong southerly winds coming off the ocean,” Walbrun said. “The initial shot of wind will help clear out