Urgent weather alert: NW AZ, CA, NV

ST. GEORGE – This urgent flash flood and weather alert issues from the National Weather Service  at 12:39 a.m. Wed. Aug. 22 MST.

A very moist and unstable air mass combined with an area of low pressure moving into southern California will help create the potential of widespread thunderstorms that will likely produce heavy rain and flash flooding late Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night.

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* Flash flood watch in effect from Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night.

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF Northwest Arizona California And Nevada:

In Northwest Arizona: Lake Havasu And Fort Mohave Lake Mead National Recreation Area Northwest Deserts And Northwest Plateau.

In California: Cadiz Basin Death Valley National Park Eastern Mojave Desert Morongo Basin San Bernardino County-Upper Colorado River Valley And Western Mojave Desert.

In Nevada: Lake Mead National Recreation Area Las Vegas Valley Lincoln County Northeast Clark County Sheep Range Southern Clark County Spring Mountains-Red Rockcanyon And Western Clark And Southern Nye County.

* From Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night

* A moist and unstable air mass remains in place over much of Southern Nevada Southeast California and Northwest Arizona.

In addition an area of low pressure will move inland across southern California which will help generate more widespread thunderstorms across the area. Storms that form will have the potential to produce very heavy rain and flash flooding through late Wednesday night.

* Travelers should be alert for the potential for water to cover low spots including any roads that run through washes. Rocks and mud may wash onto roads due to runoff. Dirt and gravel secondary roads may wash out or be impassible. Storm drains and flood control channels could see rapidly flowing water along with the potential for debris to collect in them. In addition runoff may cause flooding well downstream from where any rain falls.

 Precautionary/preparedness actions:

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that leadto flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation and persons in and near the watch area should be alert to the potential for heavy rainfall.

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  • Tyler August 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’m assuming the St. George area is a part of this weather advisory, but for whatever reason, we are never listed. I guess we’re considered Eastern Mojave desert, just weird there’s no mention of us.

  • Big Bob August 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

    We could be referrenced with NW Arizona. I don’t know why SW Utah/St George area wouldn’t be mentioned in this advisory, cause we all know whatever weather Vegas or NW AZ gets, we get.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic August 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Dear Big Bob and Tyler: The National Weather Service alerts that St. George News receives tend to come from NWS in either Salt Lake City or Las Vegas. This one was Las Vegas and covered a large geographical area – relevant to our area as that storm was already upon us here last night (or at 1 or 2 a.m.) when the alert came in.
      We post alerts all the time that generate out of SLC and are specific to Washington, Kane, Iron, Beaver counties and more. St. George News focuses on areas affecting our community – or areas proximate that our community and its friends and family may be immediately traveling through.
      We post more alerts on Facebook than we translate into a story post on the STGnews.com site, for speed in getting the alert to you in many cases, and because many of them have a short activity time frame. And we frequently include the NWS map that reflects in full color and graphics where the weather activity is occurring.
      I hope this helps?

  • Tyler August 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Joyce, your truly amazing, thankyou for that 411.

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