Utah weather could see storms and flash floods

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Good Friday! We have reached the end of the work week and we are closing it with widespread thunderstorms in a hive state.

We continue to see monsoon humidity increasing in Utah and southwestern Wyoming throughout the weekend. This will result in an extended period of thunderstorm risk with threat of heavy rain, potential for sudden flooding and temperatures slightly cooler than they typically are at this time of year.

Flash floods dominated Beaver County and Washington County on Thursday, with nearly 2 ″ of rain in less than an hour in Beaver and milepost 29 on I-15 taking 0.90 ″ in just ten minutes ! These thunderstorms move slowly and have the potential to drop heavy rains. Therefore, the flash flood potential remains high.

Flash floods are “likely” in our national parks and expected near Lake Powell. Therefore, look for higher ground if you are in an area experiencing heavy rainfall. Scattered thunderstorms are also expected along the Wasatch front, in addition to eastern, central and southern Utah.

Flash flood watch has been issued for southwest Utah and begins Friday at noon and lasts until midnight.

High temperatures will tend to be slightly cooler with lows 90s along the Wasatch front and cloud cover covering the afternoon daytime heat, with a ranger of 80 expected at Castle Country along the I -15 and in Iron County. Southern Utah will warm through the mid-90s today, but that heat can contribute to instability and rising air during thunderstorms.

Conclusion? We have severe storms in the forecast which can impact major travel routes and overwhelm local roads so be careful if you are caught driving during these downpours.

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