Memorial Day forecast looks sunny, without worries of major flooding in Salt Lake Valley

Sugar House Park has reopened to vehicles.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sugar House Park reopened to cars on Friday, May 26, 2023, as high waters from Parleys Creek recede.

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The weather looks sunny for Memorial Day, and with Sugar House Park reopened to vehicles, this holiday weekend is a good opportunity to enjoy the green space.

In the Salt Lake area, Monday’s weather appears mostly sunny and breezy with a high near 82, according to the weather service. On Tuesday, conditions are forecast to be sunny with a high of 84. On Wednesday, Thursday and into next weekend, we’ll likely return to a pattern of having a chance of thunderstorms and showers in the afternoon with highs in the 70s and low 80s, the weather service said.

In the St. George area, conditions are expected to be sunny and clear for the holiday, with a high of 92. The forecast for the rest of the week predicts sunny and dry weather, with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Flood outlook

Cloud cover last week has slowed snowmelt and eased flooding risk, experts say.

The Bear River in Rich County, from below Woodruff Narrows Reservoir northward to the Utah/Wyoming line, is under a flood warning until Friday, the weather service said. Flooding along the Bear River will mainly impact agricultural areas and low-lying roadways near the river. Some locations that will experience flooding include Randolph and Woodruff, according to the weather service. If possible, livestock should be moved to higher ground.

The Logan River near Logan in Cache County is under a flood warning until Friday afternoon, the weather service said. Minor flooding is expected to impact the Birch Glenn summer home development in Logan Canyon, as well as damage campgrounds throughout the canyon.

The Sevier River near Hatch in Garfield County is expected to “oscillate” between near to above moderate flood stage before falling into minor flood stage until further notice, 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.

Moderate flooding at 4.3 feet will affect fields, roads and bridges along low-lying sections of the Sevier River including the river crossing along South Hatch Dam Road, the weather service said. Seasonal homes near Bullberry Street will also likely receive flood damage.

The weather service has also issued a warning for minor flooding in low-lying areas near the banks of the South Fork of the Ogden River in Weber County below the Causey Reservoir and through the town of Huntsville. On Saturday, the river was near the action stage of 4.4 feet, but it is expected to gradually recede in the next few days. This area is also under a flood advisory until Tuesday afternoon, when river levels may rise to flood stage at 4.6 feet.

No major flooding is expected in the Salt Lake Valley.