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Weather service debunks rumors of giant snowstorm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Meteorologists in the Midwest took to social media on Friday to quell rumors that a winter storm expected to move into the region next week could dump up to 30 inches of snow in some areas.

The National Weather Service's Indianapolis bureau said in Facebook and Twitter messages that predictions that 20 to 30 inches of snow could fall on Indiana and other Midwestern states next Tuesday and Wednesday "are EXTREMELY premature & improbable."

Meteorologist Mike Ryan said none of the forecast models he and his colleagues in Indianapolis have reviewed point to anything like a 2-foot or greater snowfall. He said the Indianapolis office sent the Twitter and Facebook messages because it and other Midwestern weather bureaus have been getting calls from people worried about dire storm predictions that are "rampant" online.

"We wanted to try to alleviate these rumors because the social media network is just kind of running out of control," Ryan said Friday. "Like we said, any snowfall amounts like those people are talking about would really be improbable."

Next week's storm has the potential to bring snow, sleet, freezing rain to Indiana and other states in the Ohio River Valley, but he said it's too early to predict how much will fall and where.

Ryan said that won't be known until early next week when the storm's expected track becomes clearer. Any snowfall projections now would be "highly speculative," he said.

AccuWeather meteorologist Randy Adkins agreed that it's too soon to know what the storm will bring, let alone how much it will dump as it scoots north and east across the central U.S.

"Thirty inches of snow for anyone with this storm system is pretty remote," he said.

AccuWeather's current models show the storm could bring significant snow to a swath including Kansas City, Mo., Des Moines, Madison, Wis., and Chicago. Areas to the south of that, including Indianapolis, appear likely to see a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet because the storm will pull milder air northward.

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FJCRoadglide February 02 2014 at 9:07 AM

WOW...what a concept, trust the Weatherman and his predictions, now where's my chicken bones and rocks......

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myrray1 February 02 2014 at 4:35 AM

I'm much like my felloe Pa. families. we had our fill of old man winter. The snow and extreme cold
has been over baring for all of us ,we pray for an early Spring for all the nation.

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WaikikiGuy February 02 2014 at 3:11 AM

I feel for everyone on the mainland, but living in Honolulu, the worst complaint I have is too much sunshine

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Rich February 02 2014 at 2:21 AM

I remember back to March of 2003 when they told us to hunker down because we were going to get three straight days of heavy snowfall. They said to expect the worst, and boy were they right. After three days of snowfall, I could only see the top of the stop sign at the corner of our street. That was not due to a snowdrift. That was how much snow there was everywhere. I measured 48 inches. I had shoveled every single day for about five hours. Unfortunately I didn't own a snowblower, although there was so much snow and it was so heavy that the snowblowers weren't doing that much good. After shoveling for a total of 15 hours over those three days, I still couldn't go anywhere though, because they couldn't even get plows down the street. Finally they came through with some type of miltary vehicle that looked like a tank. They didn't plow the snow, but they did pack it down enough that we could finally get out. Being that it was Colorado, the next couple of days temperatures got into the 60's and 70's and it all melted within four days.

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dlb1443 February 02 2014 at 2:10 AM

This is why I Love AZ

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kaka_chen February 02 2014 at 1:18 AM

t is very cold in Chinese grew up, I haven't seen the snow storm

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klassikars February 02 2014 at 1:31 AM

Enjoy it !!

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gruflash February 02 2014 at 1:02 AM

Doom and gloom so you'll watch their adds. Grandpa said after your born, you spend 20% of your time fighting death and taxes, and 80% fighting mother nature! So buck up whiners.

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lambsarty February 02 2014 at 12:44 AM

Its a business they will keep you worried so you watch their station. Check radar and then th isobars that will give you a better picture of what is coming.

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atvtraining February 02 2014 at 12:36 AM

Be prepared always!

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flameshoter1111 February 02 2014 at 3:11 AM

alright, i'll have shovels out during summer lol

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Ghetto Cat February 02 2014 at 12:32 AM

Meteorogists will lie if they don't want a flood of people to shelters.

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