ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service has been scaling back its projected crest for the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul.

The seven-day forecast as of Thursday shows the river reaching about 20 feet by next Thursday. That would still be St. Paul’s seventh highest crest ever, but it’s well below the record of 26.4 feet set in 1964, which officials last week said was a 50-50 possibility.

St. Paul leaders are asking the public to stay informed. Even though the risk is diminished, they say record flooding is still a possibility.

This week’s storms and colder lower temperatures are making the job harder for river forecasters. They’ve delayed a broad flood update scheduled for Thursday until Friday so hydrologists can plug the latest precipitation and forecast data into their models.

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Comments (3)
  1. Sterling says:

    OH OH!! LET ME MAKE A PREDICTION TOO!! Hmmmm I predict that the river will crest by next Saturday….take bets while we’re at it? Not only is it a 50-50 possibility that it’ll be St. Paul’s highest crest since 1964, but it is also a 50/50 chance that the ‘river forcasters’ are right!..eeeeeer wrong! I’d give a 70% chance that i’m right on the river cresting by Saturday (according to my statistical models) and being St. Paul’s THIRD highest crest.

    1. Sterling says:

      Next Saturday that is*

  2. Jon says:

    Wow, you mean they overhyped it for rating? No way….

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