Much of Utah under severe weather warnings

Jun 5, 2020, 8:25 AM
Utah Severe Weather...
Little Wild Horse Canyon hike in central Utah just outside of Goblin Valley state park. (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — Much of the state of Utah will be either under a Flash Flood Watch or a Red Flag Warning this weekend as most of the state falls under severe weather warnings.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of central and southern Utah as widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to move in across the state.

The Weather Service says they expect widespread rainfall to roll in Friday night through Saturday afternoon with a few embedded thunderstorms. Storms that KSL Meteorologist Grant Weyman says could bring with it an inch of precipitation.


  • Castle Country
  • Central Mountains
  • San Rafael Swell
  • Wasatch Plateau / Book Cliffs
  • Glen Canyon Recreation Area / Lake Powell

“Salt Lake City averages about 1 inch of water for the entire month of June, and we could end up getting that from just this one storm,” he says.

“That Flood Watch just means that there are heavy rains possible we’ve got a good chance of seeing rain for a good part of the day both Saturday and Sunday.”

With that kind of water showing up in so short a time, Grant says that it’s a good idea to steer clear of Utah’s backcountry which could see flash flooding through Canyonlands and the dry wash areas.

Grant also says that this storm will also bring a lot of cold weather with it and that could also bring snow into the mountains and higher elevations.

Red Flag Warning

In addition to the severe weather and cooler temperatures expected over the weekend in Utah, most of the state is also currently also in a Red Flag Warning. 

The warning, which indicates a higher fire danger due to more wind and a relatively low humidity, goes into effect from noon Friday to 9 p.m.

“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now…or are imminent. A combination of strong winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior,” the National Weather Service says.


Today’s Top Stories


A Navy soldier stands guard as authorities wait for the arrival of people who were evacuated from t...
Associated Press

Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens

Tropical Storm Colin formed along the coast on Saturday. Conditions are expected to improve by Monday's Fourth of July celebrations.
2 days ago
The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Weste...
Lindsay Aerts

Fourth of July weekend weather conditions ripe for fires

The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Western Utah. It warns that many fires are human caused.
4 days ago
Salt Lake County is working to make sure its golf courses don't use as much water in the drought....
Martha Harris

Salt Lake County says it has decreased water-use on its golf courses

Salt Lake County says it has back water usage on its golf courses. The county says it has done by changing how they water.
4 days ago
High water in the Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana, ...
Curt Gresseth

Be ready for flash flooding: Expert shares advice

An expert with the Utah Division of Emergency Management shares his expertise and crucial tips on how to be ready for flash flooding when you are in a vehicle or at home.
7 days ago
Low water levels are plaguing the Great Salt Lake for several summers now....
Dan Bammes

Lake Powell is sitting low; this group is trying to raise the water levels

Lake Powell has been drying up for years. and one group wants its levels go up by 60 feet. But that's not how a 2017 drought plan had it mapped.
7 days ago
Multiple Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints buildings are featured in the photo. The churc...
Michele Rowe

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints looks for ways to reduce water usage across it’s properties

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement today about the steps they are taking to help with the drought.
13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Much of Utah under severe weather warnings