N. Utah Hopeful Rivers Will Hold

N. Utah Hopeful Rivers Will Hold

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- While southern Utah got a reprieve from the rain, northern Utah residents were hoping showers Saturday didn't push swollen creeks and rivers out of their banks.

The National Weather Service issued flood watches in Cache and Weber counties, meaning flooding was possible but not imminent. Intermittent showers throughout the day kept the areas at risk because the ground was already saturated and rivers and creeks were running near flood levels.

The Blacksmith Fork, Logan and Little Bear rivers were under a flood watch that until at least midnight Saturday. Areas of the Ogden River below Pineview Dam were also under a flood watch.

Southern Utah, which had extensive flooding in January, had a chance to dry out on Saturday after the rain tapered, but more showers are possible early next week.

Forecasters are also keeping an eye on Utah's mountain snowpack, which is still way above average. If the mountain snow starts melting too rapidly, areas that are already saturated by rain could be in for more flooding.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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