TUESDAY 08/17/21 6.30 p.m.
(ABC4) – Juab County is the last region in Utah to receive a severe thunderstorm warning, with the towns of Nephi and Mona expected to be hit by 60 mph wind and hail from the half a dollar.
TUESDAY 08/17/21 5:55 p.m.
(ABC4) – Close the hatches, in southern Utah, the flash flood warning in Kane County has been extended.
A flash flood warning that was previously scheduled to end at 9 pm has been extended to 11:30 pm The Paria River is expected to be flooded if it hasn’t already. Residents and visitors to the area are urged to seek higher ground immediately.
TUESDAY 08/17/21 5:28 p.m.
(ABC4) – As large parts of the state continue to be affected by extreme weather conditions, residents of southern Utah are urged to seek shelter and find higher ground.
ABC4 meteorologist Cesar Cornejo reports that a flash flood warning was issued for part of Kane County until 9 p.m. Tuesday. Already two inches of rain have fallen, causing potential problems in slot canyon recreation areas in the county.
Utahns in northern Tooele, Davis, and Salt Lake County are also advised to seek a safe place to wait for storms with wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour at 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY 08/17/21 5:08 p.m.
(ABC4) – According to ABC4 chief meteorologist Alana Brophy, Salt Lake City is now on severe thunderstorm warning until 5:30 p.m.
The warning covers the area west of the capital to Tooele County to north to Layton in Davis County.
TUESDAY 08/17/21 5:02 p.m.
(ABC4) – Residents are advised to seek higher ground as storm warnings throughout Utah continue to move through the state.
The latest warnings have been issued for Emery and Wayne counties, including Goblin Valley, with a flash flood warning in effect until 7:30 p.m.
An earlier warning, which had drawn the attention of the ABC4 Pinpoint Weather team minutes earlier, indicated that a storm further north in Tooele County was present. The area around Dugway is affected by winds of 60 miles per hour and hail ranging from the size of a penny to the size of a ping-pong ball.
ABC4 will continue to monitor the current active weather situation in the state.
ORIGINAL STORY: Weather advisory in effect now for Utah
TUESDAY 08/17/21 11:47 PM
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A weather regime change is targeting Utah for our Tuesday and after a dry, hot and smoky run over the past two weeks in northern Utah, changes are underway.
A strong cold front is heading towards Utah with gusty winds ahead and behind it, heavy storms on its arrival, heavy rainfall that can lead to flooding, and significantly cooler temperatures behind it.
The changes are causing weather conditions that warrant some warnings, so here’s what’s in effect as of noon:
Red Flag Warning: The danger of fire has increased today. After a two-week dry spell across much of the state, gusty winds, abundant lightning and low relative humidity mean critical fire conditions for the Western Desert, Wasatch, the Central Mountains and much of northern and central Utah. The warning is valid until 9 p.m.
Flash flood monitoring: Our storms today have the potential to drop heavy rains and be slow. We are not foreign to flash floods this summer, and the watch includes all flood prone areas like our national parks. In addition to including most of central and southern Utah, the watch expanded Tuesday morning to include the Uintas and the Wasatch Back. This watch lasts until midnight.
We also asked the Storm Prediction Center to upgrade our thunderstorm threat today in parts of the state. Much of Utah had a marginal risk of thunderstorms for Tuesday, meaning heavy rain, hail, heavy lightning and damaging winds are possible. The risk of a thunderstorm has been increased to a slight risk for most of central and west-central Utah. This means that severe dispersed storms are possible and that the most significant impacts on areas at risk are strong winds, heavy rains and hail. The slight risk includes parts of Salt Lake County, Utah County, and areas around I-15 to the I-70 corridor.
Keep in mind that for a thunderstorm to be classified as severe, winds of 58 miles per hour or more and hail of 1 inch or more in diameter are required.
Stay with the Pinpoint Weather team as warnings change throughout the day.