Flash flood warning in place for southern and central Utah including Zion National Park
Aug 10, 2023, 1:03 PM | Updated: 1:12 pm
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SOUTHERN UTAH — The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings for west central Kane County, southeastern Iron County, and east central Washington County Thursday afternoon.
Federal forecasters expect heavy rains and increased flash flood threat on Thursday and Friday.
Showers and thunderstorms will begin around 11 a.m. across southern Utah and 1 p.m. across central Utah. The areas most likely to see flash flooding include slot canyons, dry washes, and burn scars.
The National Weather Service listed Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks, as well as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Grand Gulch as “probable” for flash-flood risk, while listing Bryce Canyon National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument and the San Rafael Swell as candidates for “possible flooding.”
The heaviest rainfall expected on Thursday is in Capitol Gorge and Pleasant Creek drainages, with a flash flood warning in place until 3:30 p.m.
The expected rainfall rate is 1 -1.5 inches in one hour. Locations that will experience flooding include Zion National Park, La Verkin, Virgin, Springdale, Rockville, and Kolob Canyon.
We have issued a Flash Flood Warning for Zion National Park as a storm with heavy rainfall is approaching the area. For those with planned outdoor activities in or near the park be aware for rapidly changing, potentially hazardous conditions. #utwx https://t.co/l0vxgS1HaC
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) August 10, 2023
NWS said people should avoid creeks and streams, dry washes, and slot canyons.
Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated thunderstorms have dropped between .25 and .4 inches of rain.
NWS admonished drivers with the mantra, “turn around, don’t drown,” when encountering flooded roads. Most flooding deaths occur in vehicles.