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Flash floods warnings issued for southern Utah; a day of smoky skies in the north

This undated photo shows the sunrise over the Wasatch Mountains, taken from West Jordan, and colored red by smoke from western wildfires.

This undated photo shows the sunrise over the Wasatch Mountains, taken from West Jordan, and colored red by smoke from western wildfires. (Heather Kelly, KSL NewsRadio)



SALT LAKE CITY — The National Weather Service issued multiple weather advisories and severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings for southern Utah, as smoky skies and triple-digit temperatures are forecast for northern Utah Sunday.

The agency issued flash flood warnings for Iron County near Parowan at the Brian Head burn scar and areas near Zion National Park Sunday afternoon.

Up to 1.5 inches of rain has fallen near Parowan, which "could result in debris flow moving through the Parowan Creek drainage," the agency said in a tweet. This warning lasts until 7 p.m., while the warning for Kanarravile was set to last until 5:30 p.m.

The city of Springdale and the north fork of the Virgin River, Deep Creek, Shiver Creek and Crystal Creek in Zion National Park are under a flash flood warning until 8:45 p.m. The National Weather Service said around 2 inches of rain have fallen and "flash flooding is imminent."

Other areas in southern Utah spent the afternoon under significant weather advisories as storms passed through the area. Many of these advisories were set to expire at or before 4:45 p.m. Wind gusts up to 50 mph were observed in Richfield.

Cedar City is under an urban and small stream flood advisory until 7:30 p.m. The Ashdown Forest subdivision is expected to be hit the hardest.

Smoky skies continued Sunday in northern Utah as the result of wildfires burning in parts of the Western U.S. More than 85 large wildfires are burning around the country, most of them in western states, the Associated Press reports.

The Air Quality Index for Sunday shows unhealthy air across northern Utah. However, weather patterns should lead to clearer air beginning Monday, the National Weather Service said.

Hot, dry weather will continue in the north with a forecast high temperature of 100 degrees in Salt Lake City Sunday.

Get the complete forecast on the KSL Weather Page.

Smoke forecast for the afternoon of Sunday, July 25, 2021, with the highest concentrations in red.
Smoke forecast for the afternoon of Sunday, July 25, 2021, with the highest concentrations in red. (Photo: National Weather Service Salt Lake City via Twitter)

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