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Utah forecast: Surge of storms expected to stick around

Published August 3, 2014 9:58 am

Weather • Flash flood watch in effect for much of the state.
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Soggy, booming weather arrived in Utah Sunday and will make itself comfortable.

A slow-moving surge of tropical storms moved up through Utah from the south. The showers and thunderstorms are expected to stick around Monday into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rainfall is likely, with the possibility of flash flooding in the normally more flood-prone areas — especially in central and southern Utah, according to the weather service. The storms also presented a risk of flash floods all day Sunday, with the greatest threat in slot canyons, slick rock areas, steep terrain and old burn scars.

On Sunday afternoon, the flash flood watch was extended to portions of northern Utah, including the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Mountains. Though the threat may diminish after midnight, it will increase again Monday afternoon through the evening, according to the weather service.

Enterprise saw about a quarter inch of rain as of 4 p.m., while Bryce Canyon Airport saw about a third of an inch. Elsewhere in the Southern Utah mountains, about two-thirds of an inch fell in Agua Canyon.

The storms are expected to wind down Tuesday into Wednesday.

Salt Lake City remains hot Sunday, with a high of 93 degrees, but drops to 82 on Monday as the storm rolls through. St. George, meanwhile, will see a high of 86 Sunday and 90 on Monday, according to the weather service.

The stormy weather should clear up Monday's air as well. While Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Weber, Box Elder and Tooele counties have only moderate air quality on Sunday, the health of the air is forecasted to improve with the start of the work week, according to the Utah Division of Air Quality.

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