Severe weather hits Salt Lake area, flash flood warnings issued across Utah
SALT LAKE CITY – Parts of Utah, including Salt Lake City, experience severe weather Tuesday as a cold front arrives, bringing thunderstorms and the potential for flash floods. The National Weather Service said the risk of flooding increased during the day.
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A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the Salt Lake area through 6:15 p.m., with quarter-size hail possible, along with gusts of wind up to 70 miles per hour.
“This storm has a history of gusts over 60 miles per hour. This warning includes Layton, Salt Lake City, West Valley City and other cities in between. Now take cover in the warned area,” the NWS warned on social media.
The video below shows how heavy rain hits the Midvale region
Weather in Midvale
Afternoon thunderstorms in southern Utah have already generated winds of up to 81 miles per hour near the Fish Springs Wildlife Refuge in Dugway, the NWS reported. Wind speeds of up to 70 miles per hour were expected, with a storm included in a severe thunderstorm warning near Low and Timpie. Golf ball-sized hail was reported in the area of a severe thunderstorm warning for the Fillmore, Kanosh and Meadow area, which expired at 5:45 p.m.
The video below shows hail in Sandy as thunderstorms passed through the Salt Lake area
Hail to Sandy
In Garfield County, the NWS reported a table tennis ball-sized hall with 60 miles per hour wind southeast of Boulder.
Lightning strikes as storms sweep Summit County on Tuesday
A Flash Flood Watch (lower level than a warning) has also been issued for parts of southern and central Utah as far as Salt Lake County. Slot canyons in the south and burn scars in the central area of the state are most at risk from flash floods.
Duchesne County experienced some flash floods as seen in this video:
The National Weather Service says burn scars over highways and residential areas in northern Utah are at risk.
For parts of the counties of Kane and San Juan, a lightning flood warning applies until midnight.
Down in the counties of Emery and Wayne, a lightning flood warning was issued by 7:30 p.m., with authorities urging residents to move to higher areas immediately. The warning spanned numerous slot canyons and the weather authorities warned, “Now go to a safe place!”
Another Flash Flood Warning was issued for an area with Big Water and Wahweap that expired at 9 p.m. Another was in effect for Garfield County until 8 p.m.
After the cold front has passed through, cooler temperatures and more rain are predicted for Wednesday. The probability of precipitation will remain in the forecast for large parts of Utah through Monday.
When we mentioned a pattern change, we really meant it! Here is the precipitation forecast until next Monday morning. That’s a fair bit of rain for Utah!
More details this afternoon! #utwx pic.twitter.com/4vHUAuldmO
– NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) August 16, 2021
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