Heavy rain could bring some flooding to Whatcom County

A flood watch has been issued for Whatcom County through Wednesday, Oct. 22, because Western Washington likely will be walloped by a storm that could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The flood watch also was issued for Skagit and Snohomish counties. It is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night.

Heavy rain was expected starting late Tuesday, Oct. 21, and continuing through Wednesday evening.That could cause small streams and some rivers to rise rapidly and flood.

Portions of the Nooksack and Stillaguamish rivers could experience minor flooding, according to the weather service.

Meanwhile, a wind advisory remained in effect from 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, through 11 a.m. Wednesday for western Whatcom County. Winds will increase Tuesday evening and peak overnight. Expect south winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph in areas near the coast.

Winds could be strong enough to snap tree branches and possibly knock down trees, especially those that are small or have shallow roots. Power outages are possible.