Heavy rains today may bring flooding to rivers and urban areas

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Flood watches are in effect for much of the region and running through Saturday. Thursday morning will be dry, but rain will arrive as early as midday, turning steadier and heavier through the afternoon. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches with isolated amounts of 3 inches are possible.

For the mid to late week system, heavy rainfall looks probable in most sections of our area, depending on the track of the center of low pressure. A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. With highs in the 50s the hazards today will be flooding, wind, and lightning.

Highs should top out around 70 degrees on Monday with a shot at record warmth Tuesday (someone could see 80!).

Water is expected to pool on roads and in basements around the time of high tide, which is about 5:40 p.m.in St. George.

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The heavier rain is expected to lighten up but not stop Thursday night and Friday.

Showers and thunderstorms continue Thursday with a high in the upper 50s.

We're forecasting average rainfall amounts between an inch and and inch and a half by this evening.

The weekend brings back the sunshine and warmer weather returns too. Strong winds develop tonight as the storms pulls away to the north. Gusts up to 35 miles per hour are possible through tomorrow morning, and as cold air pushes its way back in from the west some snow showers are possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Highs will be in the low-40s.