Flash flood warnings issued as storms move through Utah

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings three counties in Utah on Saturday night.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lightning strikes over the Salt Lake Valley on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

With storms moving through the state, three counties in Utah are under a flash flood warning and one area had earlier reports of flooded homes as precipitation continues.

According to a tweet at 3:30 p.m, the National Weather Service has received reports of over 2 feet of water in Enoch, in Iron County, which was under a flash flood warning until 5:30 p.m. Three other counties, including Utah County, Duchesne County and Washington County, were issued flash flood warnings through through 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., respectively.

The eastern half of Zion National Park is also under a flash flood warning until 8:45 p.m. in parts of Kane and Washington counties.

Showers and thunderstorms are anticipated over Utah and southwest Wyoming today, mostly in higher terrain this afternoon, with some drift into the valleys during the late afternoon and early evening, according to the NWS website. Heavy rain and flash flooding are the main threats with these storms, particularly in burn scars, slot canyons and urban areas, with frequent lightning and gusty winds also expected.

In Salt Lake City tonight, there is a 60% chance of precipitation, with showers and thunderstorms likely before midnight.

The precipitation will continue in the city over the next few days, with Sunday’s forecast expecting isolated showers and a possible thunderstorm in the afternoon, and an 80% chance of precipitation with a high of 89 degrees. Scattered showers will follow with a low of 68 in the evening.

Monday is also likely for scattered showers, with an overall 60% chance of precipitation, with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Temperatures will fall to a high near 84 and a low around 66 degrees.

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