SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a Flash Flood Watch for central and southern Utah in effect from noon through the evening today.
• Affected areas: Portions of central and Southern Utah, including the Southern Wasatch Front, Wasatch Mountains south of Interstate 80, the Wasatch Plateau and Book Cliffs, Castle Country, San Rafael Swell, Sanpete and Sevier Valleys, west-central Utah, southwest Utah, Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park, south-central Utah, Glen Canyon Recreation Area and Lake Powell, central and southern mountains.
• Timing: From noon MDT through the evening July 12.
• Rain: Scattered thunderstorms are forecast to be efficient rain producers this afternoon and evening.
• Greatest threat: The flash flood threat is greatest near burn scars, slot canyons and normally dry washes. Urban flooding is also possible.
• Precautionary and preparedness actions: A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.
- Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely.
- Do not hike rivers and especially slot canyons while flash flood warnings are in place.
- Do not hike alone and always tell someone where you and your buddy and others are going.
This is a Flash Flood “Watch.” Monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should a Flash Flood “Warning” be issued.
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