Significant State Activity
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State EOC Activation – The Division of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center is currently at a Level 3 Activation Level monitoring potential spring runoff flooding. Much of the state’s snowpack is above 100% of normal levels. With warmer temperatures in the forecast, flooding across Utah is a possibility.
Large Crowd Event (Ogden, Weber County) – Festival of Colors in Ogden is on May 25. Large crowds are expected to attend.
Flood Monitoring (Statewide) – The Utah Division of Emergency Management is monitoring burn scars from recent wild land fires across the State for potential landslides and debris flows.
Weather – The National Weather Service has issued:
- A High Wind Warning for the Northern Wasatch Front until 1:00 p.m. today. Winds 25 to 45 mph with local gusts up to 65 mph are expected.
- A Hazardous Weather Outlook for all of Utah.
- Western two thirds of Utah – Widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms will prevail today with accumulating snowfall expected above 7,500 feet. Drier conditions will spread from south to north Friday through Sunday with a warming trend, but another storm system will impact the region early next week.
- Eastern Utah – A storm system and cold front will move across the region today, with widespread valley rain, high elevation snow, and scattered thunderstorms. Significant accumulations are expected across the eastern Utah mountains, Grand Mesa, and San Juans above 8,000 feet. Isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms are possible Friday, mainly up north. An overall dry southwest flow returns this weekend with milder temperatures near normal. Cooler, wet, and unsettled weather returns early next week as another system moves across the region.
Flood Prevention Measures (Statewide) – In anticipation of spring flooding, various flood prevention measures are being taken across the State. See the KSL River Flow Tracker to view percentages of flood stage statewide.
Flood Awareness Month – Governor Gary Herbert has declared the month of March to be Flood Awareness month. More information about the campaign can be found here.
- Beaver County: Beaver County Emergency Management is filling and passing out sandbags just north of the town of Beaver where some homes are along the creek.
- Box Elder County: The Box Elder Creek is running high, so Brigham City is diverting a percentage of it to Mantua reservoir.
- Utah County: Santaquin Reservoir #1 is leaking, with a concern that it will spill and cross SR 6. The reservoir levels have dropped a little; however, local officials continue to actively monitor the water levels/leaking of the reservoir.
Weather – The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for all of Utah.
- Western two thirds of Utah: Warming temperatures will accelerate snowmelt at the mid and high elevations during the weekend. This will lead to streams and rivers running high, fast, and cold across the outlook area through the remainder of spring.
- Eastern Utah: A few showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon, mainly over higher terrain. A few cells may drift into adjacent valleys towards the late afternoon hours. Small hail and gusty outflow winds are the biggest concern for any storm that form. Moisture will return Saturday into much of next week.