Areal flood watch issued due to heavy rains in the Cascades

vanderyacht park during 18 foot flooding 2015-11-18 2
VanderYacht Park after the Nooksack River level reached the 18-foot mark (November 18, 2015). Photo: My Ferndale News

Forecasters at the National Weather Service (NWS) Seattle office warn the Nooksack River could reach minor flood stage on Friday due to 2 to 5 inches of rain expected to fall in the north Cascades tonight and into early Saturday on top of the 2 to 4 inches that has recently fell over the past 36 hours.

The Nooksack River level forecast for the Ferndale area as of 1pm today expects the river level to continue rising today and Friday, cresting at 18.36-feet about midnight Friday. That is just within the official minor flood stage range.

As a result, NWS has issued an areal flood watch for Whatcom County that will be in effect through Saturday morning.

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River flooding impacts on low-lying roads near the Nooksack River can begin once the river level exceeds the 15-foot mark. Drivers should be prepared for the possibility of water over roads and the potential for road closures as the river level continues to rise.

Visitors to VanderYacht, Hovander Homestead and Tenant Lake Parks should be aware of the possibility for flooding in park areas as well as the potential for park closures due to flooding.

River level forecasts change frequently and readers are advised to stay up-to-date with the latest forecast at the My Ferndale News river level forecast page.

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