NWS Hydrograph at the south fork of the Crow River in Mayer. The river had been forecast to rise about a foot in the past 24 hours, but has risen nearly 3 feet instead.
Hydrologists at the North Central River Forecast Office in Chanhassen have moved up the crest forecast for the Crow River in Mayer. Monday's forecast called for the Crow to crest at 15 feet on Thursday. Today, the NWS moved that crest up to Wednesday, while keeping the overall crest level to 15 feet.
Monday's 60 degree weather is the likely culprit. The warm temperatures continued the rapid melting of snow in the upper reaches of the Crow, and sent that runoff rapidly into the river watershed.
Onlookers watch the rising water in the south fork of the Crow River Monday afternoon in Mayer.(Photo by Paul Huttner)
The river level was at 11.25 feet in Mayer Monday afternoon. By Tuesday afternoon the river rose nearly 3 feet to 14.02 feet. Residents in Mayer should expect to see the river reach its crest of around 15 feet by as early as 7am Wednesday.