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Dry conditions persist in northern Utah; no spring storms in sight

FILE: Low water levels in Echo Reservoir expose more shoreline in Coalville on Monday, March 29, 2021. Water watchers say May is already off to a dry start. Photo: Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — May is off to a very dry start in northern Utah, as dry conditions persist across the region. 

The month started off with temperatures within the normal range for this time of year, but KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman forecasts rising temperatures by the end of the week and no significant storms in view. 

Forecasters acknowledge the dry conditions cause concerns, in light of the current Utah drought. Worse, Weyman said: Typically, spring would bring some drought relief to the area. 

“Our wettest months on average here in Salt Lake City are March, April and May,” Weyman said. “Unfortunately, it’s looking awfully dry yet again with no significant storms since early last week.” 

Weyman points out water watchers advise watering no more than once per week in northern Utah for now. 

Gov. Spencer Cox issued an emergency declaration Monday, prohibiting state facilities from watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The order also requires sprinkler systems to be shut off during rainstorms at those same facilities. He encouraged area residents to follow the same guidelines. 

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