Southern Utah under flood watch Tuesday, Wednesday

Aug 9, 2022, 5:20 PM | Updated: 5:30 pm
Flood watch for Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. (NWS)...
Flood watch for Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. (NWS)

SALT LAKE CITY — A flood watch has been issued for much of southern Utah Tuesday until midnight. The weather threat was rated as moderate.

National Weather Service’s Salt Lake City office issued the watch Tuesday afternoon. It also said a new flood watch will be in place again Wednesday from afternoon through evening.

“Excessive runoff may result in flash flooding of slot canyons, normally dry washes, slickrock areas and other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” NWS said in a release.

The flood watch is for much of the southern portion of the state, including the following areas:

  • Bryce Canyon Country
  • Southern Mountains
  • Upper Sevier River Valleys
  • Lower Washington County
  • Southwest Utah
  • Zion National Park

That includes the cities of:

  • Alton
  • Beaver
  • Brian Head
  • Bryce Canyon City
  • Cedar City
  • Circleville
  • Hurricane
  • Koosharem
  • Ivans
  • Panguitch
  • Springdale
  • St. George

NWS warned residents to monitor forecasts and be alert for flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

It also warned drivers to turn around rather than drown if they encounter flooded and impassable roads and other low-lying areas. Hikers and those pursuing recreation should be prepared for the potential for fast moving water or reschedule plans.

The eastern portion of the state is under a hazardous weather outlook for thunderstorms that could produce thunderstorms and potentially heavy rainfall.

Flooding and flash flooding in Utah has been known to be hazardous and deadly.

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Southern Utah under flood watch Tuesday, Wednesday