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Nooksack River forecast to rise Sunday – road impacts possible

Nooksack River south of the Main Street Pioneer Bridge viewed from the west bank while the river level was over 17 feet (February 5, 2018). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Heavy rains and warm temperatures in the Cascades Mountains today, Saturday, May 30th, are likely to be credited for an unseasonal Nooksack River level forecast showing the river cresting tomorrow just shy of the official minor flood stage.

National Weather Service Seattle office reported this evening that 1-inch of rain had fallen in the mountains over the past 24 hours and one-third inch fell locally.

The forecast for the river level at Ferndale as of 4:30pm today is for it to rise quickly from about the 9-foot mark at 6pm tonight to the 17-foot mark by 6pm tomorrow, Sunday, May 31st.

Road impacts at low-lying Ferndale area roads typically begin occurring after the river reaches the 15-foot mark. Road impacts typically occur at the corner of Barrett and Paradise Roads and on Ferndale Road and Marine Drive to the south.

No flood warnings or alerts had been issued as of 7pm, Saturday, May 30th.

Property owners and drivers can monitor the river level forecast on the My Ferndale News River Level page.

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