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Flood warning issued for upper reach of Nooksack River

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning for the Nooksack River at north Cedarville in Whatcom County today, Monday, December 26th.

The culmination of snow and ice melt along with a series of wet frontal systems will result in rises in the Nooksack River. As additional waters flow down from earlier rains in the Cascades, the Nooksack River is expected to exceed flood stage by late this afternoon.

The flood warning is effective from 2:40pm through 2:40am tomorrow.

At 146.5 feet, the Nooksack River will cause shallow flooding of low pasture lands along the river downstream through Lynden.

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At 11:30am, the stage was 145.7 feet. The river is expected to rise to 146.6 feet by late this afternoon. It will then fall below flood stage tonight. Additional rises are possible thereafter as another frontal system is expected to pass through the area Tuesday. Flood stage at Cedarville is 146.5 feet.

While not mentioned in the flood warning statement, the current river level forecast at Ferndale expects it to crest in the late evening tomorrow, Tuesday, December 27th, in the minor flood range, a foot short of reaching moderate flood range.

River level forecasts can change frequently so drivers and property owners are advised to monitor the Nooksack River level forecast.

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