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Warming and expected mountain rain raise flood concerns for areas along the Nooksack River

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Forecasters in the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued an areal flood watch today, Friday, December 23rd, due to expected impacts from recent warming and moderate to heavy mountain rainfall expected over the next few days.

Heavy rains are expected in the north Cascades through the weekend and the early part of next week that could lead to flooding.

Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Additional contributing factors include the potential for rain falling on existing snow and snow melt which could lead to additional or enhanced runoff. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. National Weather Service flood watch statement (December 23, 2022)

The current Nooksack River level forecasts for Saxon, Cedarville and Ferndale show the river level cresting just at or below flood stage 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.

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

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