Las Vegas and the Southwest Region Face New Flash Flood Threats Due to Saturday’s Monsoon Storms

It’s been a soggy start to September in the desert southwest as the monsoon season reaches its final licks before fall sets in and monsoon patterns fade.

Flood watches extend across a large swath of the Southwest on Saturday, from Nevada to southwestern Utah, northwestern Arizona and northeastern California.

Scattered rounds of strong storms are likely again Saturday that could drop an inch or more of rain, causing flash flooding and excessive runoff.

Las Vegas has seen rounds of strong thunderstorms move through the region, bringing torrential rain and causing multiple areas of flash flooding.

Stranded cars were scattered in multiple areas of the city as roads turned into shallow rivers amid rain rates that fell nearly an inch in minutes.

The National Weather Service office in Las Vegas recorded 0.88 inches on Friday, which is nearly three times the monthly average for September and was the wettest September day in 11 years.

Farther from town, several vehicles were stranded along State Route 127 when heavy rains flooded the highway around Baker and Tecopa.

“Emergency management reported extensive and ongoing flash flooding throughout the Las Vegas Valley due to rain that fell earlier in the evening,” NWS Las Vegas wrote in X.

Flood watches extend across a large swath of the Southwest on Saturday, from Nevada to southwestern Utah, northwestern Arizona and northeastern California.FOX Weather

Additionally, the NWS reported ongoing water rescues across the valley and asked drivers to stay off the roads and also not put other drivers at risk.

“Throw that frozen pizza in the oven for dinner,” said NWS Las Vegas.

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“Please do not put food delivery drivers (and local first responders, by extension) at risk.”

Flash Flood Hazard MapRounds of scattered strong storms are likely again Saturday that could drop an inch or more of rain, causing flash flooding and excessive runoff.FOX Weather

Flash flood warnings dotted the valley into the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Las Vegas area should dry out after Saturday night, but showers and thunderstorms will move farther north into northern Utah, including Salt Lake City, and southeastern Idaho on Sunday.

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