Charles City, Iowa -The National Weather Service says the Cedar River has a 50 percent chance it will reach major flood stage in the coming weeks.
In its 2019 spring flood outlook released on Thursday, the report says the area is in the above to well-above normal category.
Meteorologist Rod Swerman tells North Iowa News several factors are contributing to the outlook including snow cover and frost.
With the Cedar River’s head waters anchored in Minnesota, another factor would be the additional snow the area has seen, which provides more water as flow heads south.
Swerman says flooding in the spring isn’t an uncommon thing, but this year is uncommon.
The Cedar River at Charles City reached flood stage three times last year, with the highest crest in September at 13.84 feet. Major flood stage is at 18.4 feet.
He says the unknown factor is the amount of rain.
Swerman added to stay weather aware in the coming month because conditions could change rapidly but there will be about a week of lead time.
River levels are on our website under the weather tab.