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Southern Utah under flash flood watch

FILE: Rocks and mud left along 3600 West after Midas Creek overflowed on June 24, 2021. Forecasters say heavy storms mean the potential for more flash flooding, especially around the national parks. Photo: Paul Nelson, KSL NewsRadio

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Parts of southern Utah are under a flash flood watch Tuesday after a nearly statewide excessive heat warning expired Monday night. Meanwhile, 98% of the state is in “exceptional” or “excessive” drought

The National Weather Service says widespread thunderstorms could bring heavy rain across southern Utah. This could lead to flash flooding in slot canyons, dry washes, and recent burn scars. The service says the watch applies to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and St. George. 

However, a watch is different from a flash flood warning. The National Weather Service says a watch means flash flooding is possible, whereas a warning means it’s imminent. 

The watch is in effect from noon to midnight.