Forecast predicts change in intensity and direction of winds

The winds that have swept the country for weeks are diminishing, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional, but there are negative expectations.

The weather institute said that there may be light evening rain in the central and south Pacific as well as the Central Valley. And if the Volcán Turrialba erupts again, the ash will go to the southwest and rain on parts of Cartago, Turrialba and the southern Caribbean coast as well as the eastern part of the Central Valley.

The volcano is not showing any signs of increased activity, and the national emergency commission dropped some roadway restrictions Thursday and said that schools near the mountain could reopen. The only blockade on a roadway will be at La Central, which is the entry to Parque Nacional Turrialba, which remains closed.

When the volcano erupted starting two weeks ago, the bulk of the ash was carried away by strong winds.

The weather institute said that winds Thursday were in the 30 to 50 kph ranges, some 19 to 30 mph.

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