Upcoming NC snowstorm images seen on social media can be misleading


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A lot of folks are seeing images in their social media feeds of a possible snowstorm on the horizon for North Carolina.

Those screenshots with crazy colors are showing the potential for inches or even feet of snow over central NC.

What most people don’t realize is that these are not actually snow forecasts, but outputs from weather models.

Most weather models update four times per day and most meteorologists look at several models in order to even make a forecast. Many weather hobbyists are only posting images to Twitter and Facebook showing the worst-case scenario so they can gather more shares, likes and clicks.

So here’s the real deal on the possibility of snow this weekend:

Only two weather models currently forecast that far into the future. One is the American model. And it currently shows no snow. The second is the European model which also has no measurable snow.

But, we’re six days away so things can still change but at this point, snow isn’t looking very likely.

The most important thing to remember is that your WNCN meteorologists are here working for you to bring you the most up-to-date weather information.

If we see a change in the forecast, we’ll tell you about it on TV, online and on our WNCN Weather app that you can download for free on your Apple and Android devices.

And if you’re curious, January is the month where we typically receive most of our snowfall.

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