Furious storms created a flash flood hazard in southern and central Utah Friday afternoon, with 2 or 3 feet of water flooding a highway near the San Rafael Swell.
William J. Alder, chief of the U.S. Weather Service's Salt Lake headquarters, said reports of heavy rain started coming in at 1:30 p.m., and continued through the afternoon.A flash flood watch was issued at 3:30 p.m., then upgraded to a warning two hours later. The watch was for Juab, Sanpete, Carbon and Grand counties south to the Arizona border, and the watch warning was in effect for Wayne and southern Emery counties.
"I had a report of 2 inches in a two-hour period in the Bicknell (Wayne County) area," Alder said. That was at about 5:30 p.m.
Two or 3 feet of water were reported on U-24 in the Goblin Valley Area, just south of the San Rafael Swell.
Kanosh reported 1.2 inches of rain in 50 minutes, with the storm dumping a total of 1.75 inches. Beaver had more than an inch in 20 minutes.
Henrieville, Garfield County, had 1.25 inches in 48 minutes. A flash-flood spotter there told Alder the arroyo behind his home filled up with water.
However, for the most part, northern Utah continues suffering from dry weather. "We sure didn't get much out of it," Alder said.
Brigham City had a trace of moisture, a site on the Great Salt Lake had 0.01 of an inch, and Delta had 0.07 of an inch.
Northern Utah should be fair to partly cloudy, with normal temperatures - highs in the upper 80s - for the weekend.
Southern Utah could have some locally heavy rain on Saturday. On Sunday, the weather should clear somewhat, but there could be quite a few showers that day too.