Flash flood watch in effect for parts of southern Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — A flash flood watch is in effect Monday for parts of southern Utah.
Those areas include:
- Lower Washington County
- Zion National Park
- South Central Utah
- Capitol Reef National Park and Vicinity
- Western Canyonlands
- Glen Canyon Recreation Area/Lake Powell
“Deep moisture will continue to move into the area and any storms that develop will produce heavy rain capable of flash flooding,” read a Monday morning tweet from the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.
According to NWS, the areas most likely to see flash flooding include slot canyons, normally dry washes, and areas near recent burn scars.
NEW: A Flash Flood Watch is in effect Monday for parts of southern Utah. Deep moisture will continue to move into the area and any storms that develop will produce heavy rain capable of flash flooding. Please keep this in mind if recreating over southern Utah tomorrow. #utwx pic.twitter.com/bbSgWRtcNB
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) July 24, 2022
The flash flood potential for the following southern Utah National Parks and recreation areas are considered “probable” for July 25:
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Glen Canyon National Rec Area
- Grand Staircase-Escalante NM
- Natural Bridges NM
- Grand Gulch
- San Rafael Swell
- Zion National Park
The rating stays the same for Tuesday, except San Rafael Swell drops to “possible.”
“Make sure to check in with local visitor centers or ranger stations before heading out and have a plan if threatening weather approaches,” read another Monday morning tweet from NWS.
There is an increased risk of flash flooding for southern Utah National Parks and recreation areas. Make sure to check in with local visitor centers or ranger stations before heading out and have a plan if threatening weather approaches. More at: https://t.co/7kgSJJ8aoF #utwx pic.twitter.com/c00PvVbLtF
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) July 25, 2022
The Grand Wash, Capitol Gorge and Pleasant Creek roads in Capitol Reef National Park have been closed as a result of the watch.
A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Capitol Reef National Park on Monday, July 25 at 11:00 am through midnight. https://t.co/nvlY4Os6xd
Grand Wash, Capitol Gorge, and Pleasant Creek Roads are closed until further notice.
— Capitol Reef NPS (@CapitolReefNPS) July 24, 2022
For more information on the flood watch, click here.
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