FERNDALE, Wash. — The Nooksack River level forecast at Ferndale currently warns to expect it to crest just below the 18-foot mark on Wednesday, January 13th. Some road impacts, including closures, are expected after the river reaches the 15-foot mark.
The National Weather Service Seattle office said this morning, January 12th, rainfall of about 1-inch had fallen over the past 24 hours in western Washington lowlands and in the Cascade Mountains. The heavy rain is expected to continue through Wednesday with forecasters say to expect up to 1 and a half inches in the lowlands and 4 inches in the Cascades. Snow levels are also expected to rise to between 6000 and 8000 feet today.
As a result of the rain and rising snow levels, sharp rises are expected on western Washington rivers, including the Nooksack River, with the potential for many to reach flood stage. Heavy lowland rain has already increased ground saturation which increases the potential for river flooding along with urban and small stream flooding.
The following local road impacts are likely after the river level reaches 15 feet at Ferndale.
- Water and debris over the roadway on Ferndale Road north of Marine Drive and also north of Slater Road
- Water and debris over the roadway at the corner of Barrett and Paradise Roads
- Flooding of the WDFW parking lot on Marine Drive
- Water and debris over the roadway on Marine Drive west of Ferndale Road
If the current river level forecast is realized, Marine Drive, Ferndale Road (south of Slater Road) and Slater Road may be closed based on recent history.
Drivers and property owners are advised to continue monitoring the river level forecast for the Nooksack River at Ferndale.