Minor to moderate flooding is expected around Nugents Corner, Acme and Lynden-area farmland Thursday, Jan. 28.
Minor flooding also is possible in the Ferndale and Marietta areas.
Heavy overnight rain caused a rapid rise of the Nooksack River and the south fork. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the area.
At Nugents Corner, the river was expected to crest at 147.7 feet about 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. That’s slightly more than a foot above flood stage. Widespread flooding of low farmlands and water over roads in that area and south of Lynden are expected.
The south fork was already above flood stage by 8 a.m. Thursday and was expected to crest at 8.7 feet about 10 a.m. in the Saxon Bridge area. That’s about half a foot above flood stage. Drivers should expect water over the road and the possible temporary closure of Highway 9 in the Acme area.
In Ferndale, the Nooksack River is expected to crest just above flood stage, causing some minor flooding, according to the Northwest River Forecast Center.
All the rain also has increased the risk of landslides, according to the NWS.
Thursday’s forecast calls for rain tapering off to showers, with another douse of rain Friday morning before again tapering off. Showers are in the forecast through the weekend.