Windy Monday sends cedar pollen flying around town

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by JADE MINGUS and JESSICA VESS / KVUE News and KVUE.com Staff

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Posted on January 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 6:39 PM

AUSTIN -- Wind in the forecast is stirring up more cedar pollen around Austin.

People across Central Texas are watching the pollen explode. With the wind, the trees shake and cedar cones puff out. On Sunday, the pollen count hit more than 13,000 grains per cubic meter.

On Saturday, pollen levels reached the highest count in 16 years.

Yellow dust film is also forming on vehicles due to cedar pollen.

"My eyes are watering and very itchy, and it's hard not to scratch them," said allergy sufferer Claudia Scott.

Experts recommend staying indoors to avoid the allergens. If you do go outside, make sure you wash up and rinse the pollen away afterward.

"We anticipate the next two to three weeks are going to be pretty severe with this pollen, much worse [than] we've seen in a number of years," said Dr. Bill Howland with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin.

On Tuesday, the cedar count is expected to remain high.

Stay ahead of the pollen with KVUE's Allergy Forecast.

You can also see the allergy forecast in our free mobile app, Austin Allergy.

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