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Utah forecast: Flood watch in central, southern Utah as storm lingers

Published August 26, 2013 9:33 am

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A wet week is likely in store for Utah, and a flood watch is in effect until 6 p.m. Monday night in the east-central and southeast portions of the state.

As Tropical Depression Ivo lingers off the Baja Peninsula, its remnants continue to bring heavy rain and the threat of floods, mud debris flows and rock slides, to Utah according to the National Weather Service. The worst is likely to be over by Tuesday, but showers and thunderstorms are forecast all week throughout most regions of the state.

Rainfall of up to 2 inches closed roads in Zion National Park late Sunday. Both Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and the Mount Carmel Highway saw significant rockfall, but both were reopened Monday. The Virgin River was flowing at a rate of 3,600 cubic feet per second on Sunday.

Heavy rain is expected Monday in central and southern Utah, while scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely in the northern part of the state. The biggest moisture surge was expected Monday afternoon through Monday night, during which slot canyons, dry washes, small streams, burn scars and urban areas may be at risk of flooding.

Highs along the Wasatch Front will be in the low- to mid-80s on Monday and Tuesday.

Forecast highs for Monday and Tuesday, respectively, are as follows: Salt Lake City 83 and 85; Ogden 83, 85; Provo 83, 86; Logan 84, 85; Wendover 86, 86; Duchesne 71, 76; Cedar City 74, 79; St. George 88, 93; and Moab 84, 89.

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