Columbia, SC (WLTX) - You may be enjoying the spring weather, but there's an ugly price to pay. It's called pollen, and it's bad. The yellowish-green dust is leaving its mark on just about everything.
"You sneeze a lot. Sneeze a lot, stuffy nose,"said Staci Quenneville. She's trying to enjoy the weather while battling her allergies.
Shequna Wilson and her family are feeling the effects of the pollen too. "My eyes have been watering, nose running, sneezing. It's kind of bad this year,"said Wilson.
And you don't have to look or go too far to see that. News 19 Meteorologist Daniel Bonds says the conditions are perfect for pollen.
"Hot and dry conditions make the pollen that much worse. Even if you add in a little bit of wind, we've seen wind today about 5 to 7 miles per hour and that helps transport the pollen,"said Bonds.
However Bonds says if you're suffering from allergies, don't blame it on the stuff coating your car and just about everything else.
"The pine pollen is what's causing everything to be yellow and it's actually the pollen you can't see like pecan, hickory, oak. Those are the pollens that are affecting allergies and causing a lot of us to have these sinus problems,"said Bonds.
The yellowish green dust is causing more than just sinus problems. It's a nusiance for those folks trying to keep their cars clean.
"I washed it a week ago and just gave up on it and you can wash it twice a week and it's still gonna look the same right after you wash it,"said Quenneville.
For Wilson, she's managed to keep her car out of the elements some of the time.
"Keeping it in the garage keeps some of the pollen off so I don't have to wash it as much,"said Wilson.
Meanwhile Bonds says you may be better off leaving your car as is. "It probably won't make any sense to wash your cars. You can wash it and it will have a temproary fix. It will look good for a day or so, but it's not gonna do much good long term,"said Bonds.
So, how much longer are we going to have to deal with the pesky pollen?
"If we see the rain, we're expecting Thursday and Friday, that will be a short term solution. It's not gonna solve the problem, we're going to continue to see some pollen,"said Bonds.
Car care experts suggest buying a car cover or keeping your vehicle in a garage if you want to prevent the pesky pollen from piling up on your car.