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Utah forecast: Flash flood watch for much of state

Published July 31, 2012 7:59 am

Thunderstorms • Isolated, heavy rainfall and continued high temperatures forecast.
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Thunderstorms, along with predictions for isolated heavy rains, had much of Utah under a flash flood watch Tuesday, and the risk for flooding and mud slides was expected to continue into mid-week.

The National Weather Service set the advisory — covering a swatch of Utah's central, mountainous spine and environs from Salt Lake County running south through Provo, Price, Manti, Milford, Cedar City, Escalante, Zion National Park and St. George — kicked in noon Tuesday and extend throughout the evening, coinciding with the arrival of rain-laden storm clouds over the region.

Nonetheless, high temperatures were expected to remain warm, ranging into the low to mid-90s along the Wasatch Front in Wednesday, mirroring Tuesday's forecast. Southern Utahns in particular could be affected by heavy rainfall on slopes recently denuded by wildfires, which could unleash flash floods and mud slides. High temperatures in Utah's Dixie were forecast to hover in the low 90s Wednesday, as also predicted for Tuesday.

All that potential moisture and atmosphere-stirring stormy weather kept Utah's air quality at "Green," or healthy statewide, according to the Utah Division of Environmental Quality.

Salt Lake City's high temperature Wednesday was pegged at 95 degrees, matching Tuesday's forecast; Ogden looked for 94 and 92 degrees, respectively; Provo 92s both days; Logan 94s; Wendover 98 and 96; Duchesne 81 and 83; Cedar City 84 and 86; St. George 93 and 92; and Moab 90 and 93 degrees.

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