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Heavy mountain rains raise flood concern for areas along the Nooksack River

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters in the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued an areal flood watch this morning, Monday, January 10th, due to expected impacts from heavy mountain rainfall expected over the next few days.

Heavy rains are expected in the north Cascades tonight through Wednesday, according to the watch statement, that could lead to flooding beginning Wednesday.

Atmospheric river moving into Western Washington tonight and stalling over the area until Wednesday. Snow levels rising up to 5000 feet tonight and to 6500 to 8000 feet by Wednesday. Heavy rain forecast for the mountains … North Cascades [are expected to get] 3 to 5 inches.National Weather Service flood watch statement (January 10, 2022)

The current Nooksack River level forecasts for Saxon, Cedarville and Ferndale show the river level cresting below flood stage but within the “Action Stage” at Cedarville and 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.

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

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