BELLINGHAM — A trio of “atmospheric river” storms are lining up to soak Western Washington and British Columbia over the next week, although forecasts, at least for now, show that the Nooksack River will remain below flood stage.

At the National Weather Service in Seattle, meteorologists are predicting typical November storms, with periods of heavy rain and breezy winds starting Wednesday night, Nov. 24, through Friday, Nov. 26.

After a short break, another storm arrives with heavy rain Saturday.

And a third storm could hit Whatcom County on Tuesday, but even that isn’t expected to produce the kind of deluge that caused last week’s catastrophic flooding in Whatcom County.

“This is not going to be a repeat of that big flood event,” said meteorologist Gary Schneider at the National Weather Service in Seattle.

“If you’re outside cleaning up from the last event, you’re going to be wet and cold. The rivers will be running high,” Schneider told The Bellingham Herald.

At least the first two storms will be rain on snow events, with rain in the North Cascades except at elevations above 5,000 to 6,000 feet.

Warmer temperatures in the mountains dashed hopes for a Thanksgiving opening at the Mt. Baker Ski Area, according to its website.

Much of the heaviest rainfall is expected to track north to Vancouver Island and southern British Columbia, the National Weather Service said.

Environment Canada issued a heavy rainfall warning for 2 to 3 inches of rain at Abbotsford, B.C., just across the border from Sumas, where torrential rains last week caused widespread flooding.

“This storm will be shorter-lived and less intense than the event over November 13-15,” Environment Canada said online.

But the Wednesday-Friday storms will bring moderate to heavy rain and strong winds, localized flooding in low-lying areas and water pooling on roadways, Environment Canada said.

“All three of these systems look wet enough to be anointed with the atmospheric river label of wetness — especially for the B.C. coast,” the National Weather Service said in its online forecast discussion Wednesday, Nov. 24.

In Whatcom County, data from the Northwest River Forecast Center shows the Nooksack River cresting above “action stage” but remaining below minor flood stage on Monday, Nov. 29, in the wake of the first two atmospheric rivers.

Nevertheless, Whatcom County officials told The Herald that they are aware of the forecast and ready to act if needed.

“We don’t anticipate the type of damage that we saw before.,” said John Gargett, deputy director of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management.

“We don’t see these weather systems impacting recovery efforts. But we’re prepared to respond if necessary. We are watching all these weather systems very carefully and keeping an eye on their cumulative effects,” Gargett said.

In a “hydrologic outlook” statement posted Wednesday morning at the National Weather Service website, meteorologist Reid Wolcott said the persistent rain will increase the possibility of landslides.

Scheider said that the recent wet weather, with the exception of the Pineapple Express storm that caused historic flooding, is typical for November in the Northwest, especially in La Niña year.

November remains Whatcom County’s wettest month, with average monthly total of 5.20 inches as measured at Bellingham International Airport.

Monthly rainfall in Bellingham was at 8.95 inches through Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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