Rain, melting snow may mean flooding


A flood warning is in effect for the Nooksack River, as heavy rains and melting mountain snow make for soggy conditions.

The river near Wickersham and North Cedarville is forecast to reach approximately a foot above flood stage overnight, National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis D'Amico said.

The river is expected to crest early Monday morning and fall below flood stage by noon, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood watch remains in effect for other parts of river until Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has also issued a wind advisory for Western Whatcom County, effective until 11 p.m. tonight. Sustained winds upwards of 30 mph with gusts in the 50-mph range are likely.

Just less than an inch of rain has fallen at Bellingham International Airport in the last 24 hours, and another inch and a half is expected before Tuesday afternoon. Areas closer to the mountains could receive 2 to 4 more inches.

Afternoon pass temperatures in the 40s continue to melt the winter snow pack, with the snow level at 8,000 feet today. An avalanche warning is in effect for the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

Mt. Baker Ski Area is closed today, but will reopen again Monday morning.