Northern Utahns can expect hot and dry weather moving toward the weekend, but in southern Utah evening thunderstorms and scattered rain showers were on the horizon.
The National Weather Service predicted high temperatures ranging into the mid-90s on Friday, mirroring Thursday's forecast. Winds of 10-20 mph were also expected to lash the region Friday afternoon. Southern Utah looked for partly cloudy weather both days with highs approaching triple digits, along with the periodic rainfall.
While no flash flood watches were in effect Thursday, rainfall was being blamed for triggering flooding and road damage that forced the Utah Department of Transportation to close a seven-mile stretch of State Road 31 in Huntington Canyon. UDOT had no estimate for when the road would be reopened.