Flash flood watch issued for Zion National Park, portions of southern Utah

A flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service. This September 2015 file photo shows the aftermath of flash flooding that claimed the life of at least 13 women and children in Hildale, Sept. 15, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A flash food watch has been issued until 9 p.m. for Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City issued the expanded watch warning at 4 p.m. Friday. Scattered thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall are expected to continue into Friday evening before things calm down.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop quickly that could lead to flash flooding, which is a very dangerous situation. Motorists should never drive through standing water and no one should stand on the bank of any stream during a heavy rainfall.

Normally dry washes, small streams, slot canyons and area streams in steep terrain will be most prone to flooding. Traffic will become difficult on backcountry roadways due to the heightened potential of muddy conditions.

Hearing thunder means lightning is nearby, which also means it is wise to go indoors and get out of the storm. Residents are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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