"What we're already seeing is an increase in our tree pollen, which is a bit unusual to see before Valentine's Day," Fineman said. "People start having symptoms when tree pollen first comes out."
In 2018, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said Atlanta did not hit “triple digit counts” until Feb. 13.
“We didn't have a 260+ count until the 16th,” he said in a tweet.
Fineman said heavy tree pollen is usually not seen until late March. With above-average temperatures in the forecast through Friday, he said pollen numbers will likely continue to rise.
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Doctors encourage those dealing with sneezing and a stuffy nose to get an allergy skin test to know what is causing the symptoms, Channel 2 reported.