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Heavy rains possible late this week would drive up the Nooksack River level

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — National Weather Service forecasters today, Monday, June 6th, said they are keeping an eye on weather forecast computer models that are warning to expect an unseasonably wet weather pattern across western Washington later this week.

Current extended forecasts are in agreement that several atmospheric river-like systems are likely to begin arriving late Thursday and continuing into Saturday morning have the potential to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain over the Cascades.

Moderate to heavy rainfall lowland rainfall is also to be expected at the same time.

Plot of vertically integrated water vapor transport analysis forecast for June 10, 2022, based on ECMWF forecast model. Source: Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
Plot of vertically integrated water vapor analysis forecast for June 10, 2022, based on ECMWF forecast model. Source: Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes

As a result, current Nooksack River level forecasts expect significant increases in the river level by Saturday. River levels along the Nooksack stay below official flood stages except in Ferndale where it does enter the Action Range as reflected in the graphics below.

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Some road impacts can be expected in low lying areas near the river in Ferndale when the level reaches the 15-foot mark.

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

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