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Heavy mountain rains arriving Sunday create concerns for river levels

VanderYacht Park after the Nooksack River level reached the 18-foot mark (November 18, 2015). Photo: Whatcom News

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters in the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued a hydrologic outlook statement today, Saturday, February 26th, due to expected heavy rains in western Washington mountains, including the north Cascades. Forecast rain amounts have the potential to raise river levels to flood levels.

Rain, heavy at times, through Tuesday morning with rises on rivers during this period. The heaviest rain will fall Sunday night and Monday for the area. Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches during this period for the Cascades with 6 to 7 inches possible for the Olympics. This could cause for minor to moderate river flooding for rivers across the area.

National Weather Service hydrology outlook statement (February 26, 2022)

The current Nooksack River level forecasts for Saxon, Cedarville and Ferndale show the river level cresting Tuesday near or within the “Action Stage” at Saxon and Cedarville and just into minor flood stage in Ferndale as indicated by the following forecast graphics.

Road impacts can be expected in the Ferndale area after the river level reaches the 15-foot mark. Low lying roads near the river will have water and debris over them, leading some to be closed.

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Whatcom News readers are encouraged to monitor the latest Nooksack River level forecasts.

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