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Achoo! Mountain Cedar season breezes in

Mountain Cedar season is mid-December through February in South Texas.

SAN ANTONIO — If you have been sniffling and sneezing recently, it could be Mountain Cedar. Cedar season is right around the corner and this pesky pollen is beginning to creep back onto the KENS 5 allergy reports.

A cold front over the weekend helped transport Mountain Cedar into South Texas. 

Mountain Cedar is a type of Juniper tree found over the Texas Hill Country. 

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Mountain cedar

There are some weather ingredients that help transport mountain cedar. 

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Weather ingredients needed to transport mountain cedar

First, a high surface wind is needed to shake the pollen off the trees. Warm temperatures ahead of a cold front will help lift the pollen into the air. Once the cold front moves through, our wind will begin to shift from out the south to out of the north. A breezy north wind can bring mountain cedar in our direction. 

Mountain cedar can travel for miles, leaving a coating of yellow dust on just about everything. 

Our KENS 5 pollen expert, Shannon Syring, recommends starting allergy medications now because the typical season begins around mid-December. The juniper trees are very healthy from recent rain over the Hill Country and it looks to be a heavy pollen season moving forward.  

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