Several Utah areas under flood watch, while sunny weather returns to the forecast

There are chances of afternoon thunderstorms in Salt Lake City and St. George.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) High water flow jumps the snaking banks of the Weber River near Farmington Bay, flooding adjacent farmland on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

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Salt Lake City will see mostly sunny weather this week, but several areas around the state continue to be under flood watches and advisories.

Flood warning

Low-lying areas near the banks of the Ogden River below Causey Reservoir and through the town of Huntsville will see minor flooding, the weather service said. Flood stage for the river is 4.6 feet, and the waterway is expected to rise to 5.4 feet by Friday.

The Sevier River near Hatch in Garfield County will see minor flooding early this week, with moderate flooding expected by Wednesday, the weather service said. At 3.9 feet, which is the river’s flood stage, minor flooding will impact fields, bridges and low-lying structures. At 4.3 feet later in the week, moderate flooding will impact fields, roads and bridges in low-lying areas along the Sevier River, which is forecast to be under flood warning until further notice, the weather service said.

The Bear River in Rich County, from below Woodruff Narrows Reservoir northward to the Utah/Wyoming line, is under a flood warning until May 26, the weather service said. The Bear River is expected to stay high in this area until further notice, and some locations that will experience flooding include Randolph and Woodruff, according to the weather service.

Flood advisory

The Blacksmith Fork River near Hyrum in Cache County continues to see flooding caused by snowmelt, said the weather service. The river is expected to “oscillate” daily, and gradually rise each day before peaking around 7 feet on Tuesday morning, the weather service said. Flood stage for the waterway is 7.6 feet, at which homes in Blacksmith Fork Canyon will see flooding, as well as homes in the Country Manor subdivision.

The Bear River near Corinne in Box Elder County is under a flood advisory until further notice, according to the weather service, which said the river is expected to fall to 14 feet early this week, then return to flood stage of 15.5 feet by next weekend.

Flood watch

The lower Weber River at Plain City in Weber County is forecast by the weather service to rise through the next week or more, “potentially reaching flood stage depending on snowmelt and upstream dam releases” and affecting local farmland.

The Little Bear River at Paradise in Cache County is expected to hit 9.7 feet, at which minor flooding will affect farmland and low-lying areas through May 22.

This week’s weather

In Salt Lake City, the week will be mostly sunny, with a chance of thunderstorms on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon. Highs will be in the 80s all week.

In St. George, the week will be mostly sunny with highs in the 90s. There’s a chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday, Friday night, and Saturday.

The Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music has announced it is relocating the 15th Ogden Music Festival due to flooding at Fort Buenaventura that’s not expected to subside until June, according to a news release. The festival, happening June 2-4, will be held at a temporary venue called Fort BDO, located at 600 N. Depot Drive in Ogden, just south of the Weber County Fairgrounds, the release said.