The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flash flood watch for portions of central and southern Utah. The watch also includes the Wasatch Plateau and the Book Cliffs area, Castle Country, The San Rafael Swell, Zion National Park, cities and towns in Utah’s Dixie, the Lake Powell area and the central and southern mountains until this evening.
A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and can take lives without warning. Monitor forecasts and be prepared to take immediate action and move to higher ground.
Widespread precipitation is predicted to continue through this afternoon and into this evening across southern and central Utah. It is predicted to be a slow moving storm, causing enhanced runoff in the areas affected. Locally heavy rainfall is possible with stronger thunderstorm in some areas.
Take caution. Washes that are normally dry, small streams, slot canyons, areas near recent fires, as well as what are usually small streams on hillsides could experience immense flows of water.
Some snow may even be possible across the highest elevations in southern Utah.
For more information and to continue monitoring conditions, please visit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/.