National Weather Service issues flash flood watch for Southern Utah

Screen shot: NPS Video/Christopher Gezon/Zion National Park

SOUTHERN UTAH, April 29, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The National Weather Service has a flash flood watch in effect until midnight for parts of Southern Utah.

The flood watch covers Beaver, Cedar City, Milford, St. George, Kanab, Escalante, Loa, Panguitch, Bryce Canyon, the southern mountains mainly south of Bryce Canyon, Southwest Utah, and Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park.

“A plume of subtropical moisture will bring a period of heavy rainfall to locations across southern Utah,” the NWS said. “Scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon will become more numerous in coverage this evening.”

Anyone planning to be outdoors is encouraged to keep an eye on the weather and be ready to seek shelter.

Flash flooding is possible near burn scars, slot canyons, steep terrain, and urban areas with poor drainage,” the weather service cautions.

“Streams and rivers may see rises and normally dry washes will run. Many unpaved surfaces may not be passable due to muddy conditions.”

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