The Memorial Day weather forecast looks sunny without fear of major flooding in the Salt Lake Valley

Sugar House Park is open to vehicles again.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sugar House Park reopened to cars on Friday, May 26, 2023 as flood waters from Parleys Creek receded.

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The weather is looking sunny for Memorial Day and with Sugar House Park reopening to vehicles, this holiday weekend is a great time to enjoy the green spaces.

According to the weather service, the weather in the Salt Lake area on Monday will appear mostly sunny and windy with a high of around 77°C. Sunny conditions are forecast for Tuesday with a high of 78. On Wednesday, Thursday and into next weekend we are likely to return to a pattern where afternoon thunderstorms and showers are possible, with highs in the 70s, the weather service said.

Sunny and clear conditions are expected in the St George area for the bank holiday with a high of 91. The forecast for the rest of the week calls for sunny and dry weather with highs in the 80’s.

flood prospects

Experts say last week’s cloud cover slowed snowmelt and reduced the risk of flooding.

The Bear River in Rich County, from below Woodruff Narrows Reservoir north to the Utah/Wyoming line, is under a flood warning through Friday, the weather service said. Flooding along the Bear River will primarily affect agricultural land and low-lying roads near the river. Places that will experience flooding, according to the weather service, include Randolph and Woodruff. If possible, livestock should be relocated to higher ground.

A flood warning is in effect for the Logan River near Logan, Cache County, through Friday afternoon, the Weather Service said. Minor flooding is expected to affect the Birch Glenn summer home community in Logan Canyon and damage campgrounds throughout the canyon.

The Sevier River near Hatch in Garfield County is expected to fluctuate between near to moderate flood levels for the time being before dropping to light flood levels, the Weather Service said. With a water depth of 3.9 feet, the river’s high water level, minor flooding will affect fields, bridges and low-lying structures.

Moderate flooding at a depth of 4.3 feet will affect fields, roads and bridges along low-lying sections of the Sevier River, including the river crossing along South Hatch Dam Road, the weather service said. Seasonal homes near Bullberry Street are also likely to be damaged by flooding.

The Weather Service has also issued a minor flooding warning for low-lying areas near the banks of the South Fork of the Ogden River in Weber County below Causey Reservoir and through the city of Huntsville. On Saturday, the flow was near the 4.4-foot action level, but is expected to gradually recede over the next few days. The area is also on a flood warning until Tuesday afternoon, when the river level can rise to the 4.6-foot flood level.

No major flooding is expected in the Salt Lake Valley.

Justin Scaccy

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