SALT LAKE CITY — The beautiful weather that has blanketed most of Utah for nearly a week will come to an end late Tuesday, especially in the northern part of the state.
Large parts of southern Utah experienced light rain and gusty winds throughout the morning and afternoon, with showers expected to move into the Salt Lake area in the evening. Wind gusts were measured at 52 miles per hour at St. George Airport at 3:40 p.m., just below severe limits.
A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for parts of Zion National Park, including Pine Creek, Lower Clear Creek, Spry Canyon and Keyhole Canyon. It also includes the towns of Springdale and Rockville.
The warning is in effect through 8 p.m. The National Weather Service said the storms creating the potential flooding are moving north through Zion Canyon, and anyone in the area is advised to "Move to higher ground NOW!"
4:00 pm - This Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Zion National Park including Pine Creek, Lower Clear Creek, Spry Canyon, Keyhole Canyon until 8 pm. These storms are expected to move north up Zion Canyon producing additional flash flooding. Move to higher ground NOW! #UTwx pic.twitter.com/y96hOeVdKs
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) October 5, 2021
The potential for flash floods in southern Utah remains in the "probable" range for many of the area's other parks and attractions, including Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef national parks. A third of an inch of rain was reported in parts of the Bryce Canyon area Tuesday.
Rain conditions in northern Utah will continue into the weekend, with snow in higher elevations expected along with the rain in the valley. Isolated thunderstorms will bring heavy downpours and winds starting Tuesday evening.
A stronger storm system is expected by the end of the week that will bring more rain and much cooler temperatures, with lows hitting the 40s by Sunday.
The Salt Lake City office of the NWS forecasts that the potential for the coldest temperatures of the season exists for next week.
10/5 🥶Planning ahead? We are several days away and have a few weather systems to get through first...but we are watching the potential for an unsettled weather pattern next week leading the potentially coldest temperatures we've seen this season thus far. #UTwx pic.twitter.com/HJgVVYpSv3— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) October 5, 2021