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Whatcom County weather: Gusty wind and rain pattern begins today with flooding potential tomorrow

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WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — National Weather Service forecasters in the Seattle office said this morning that a series of weather systems are expected to pass over western Washington through next week which are likely to bring rain, gusty winds and mountain snow.

Periods of rain and gusty winds are expected to begin today, November 4th, and continue through Wednesday, November 10th.

Computer weather forecast models say to expect gusts up to 40mph closer to the sound and up to 50mph in the foothills today. Winds are expected to be primarily from the southeast into next week but can be expected to swing to the southwest occasionally.

Heavy rains in the mountains are expected to push the Nooksack River level up, but not as high as was experienced last week, which fell short of reaching official minor flood stage ranges.

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Forecast river crest levels are expected to be about 1 foot lower than occurred this time last week. The river is expected to crest in the early morning hours tomorrow at Cedarville and around noon in Ferndale.

While no impacts are expected elsewhere, much like last week, some Ferndale area roads may be closed again. Ferndale Road could be closed south of Slater Road and Marine Drive closed between Rural Avenue and Lummi Shore Road. In addition, Barrett Road may be closed south of Paradise Road and Paradise Road closed east of Barrett Road. These closures, if they happen, are likely to occur Friday before noon based on the current river level forecast.

River level forecasts can change quickly. Property owners and drivers are encouraged to monitor the latest Nooksack River level forecast in their area.

Whatcom News readers are encouraged to stay up to date with the current weather forecast for their specific locations via the Whatcom News Weather page.

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