Weather hype or true story?

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The crazy weather this winter has brought us has kind of made us here in the Wabash Valley a little paranoid.

So any sign of snow or ice causes us to batten up the hatches.

But through the invention of social media and sharing sites, this pessimism and inaccurate reporting of future weather has spread quickly.

Weather hype.

You’ve seen it across your friends’ social media sites and it’s spreading like wildfire throughout the valley.

People are worried about the next ‘snowpacolypse’.

“They want to know if their kids will be able to go to school next week, if they can go to work. I think its warranted people are interested,” said Storm Team 10’s, Joseph Dames.

But how much is true and how much is alarmist?

“They want to be prepared, they want to know, are we going to see ten inches of snow because that’s a lot of snow. But over time, we’ve seen this kind of snowball effect where things get exaggerated,” said Dames.

Many times, these people are crediting a reliable source, saying another polar vortex is on the way. But accurate information sometimes gets lost in translation, like the kids’ game of telephone.

“After kind of a crummy winter, like I was talking about, people just want to be prepared. So if they hear anything about snowfall, it just explodes and they want to make sure that they’re ready for it,” Dames said.

That being said, it’s still too far out to know exactly what kind of snow or ice event we’ll be getting in the coming days.

“A lot of the time, these forecast models put out data seven to ten days down the road. And a lot can change in that seven to 10 day period. Chances are 95 percent of the time, it’s not going to verify,” said Storm Team 10’s Lindsey Monroe.

“It’s hard to know what exactly the potential snowfall, anything along those lines, so many days out,” said Dames.

But weather scientists are keeping a sharp eye to keep you and your family safe.

“It’s something that’s always changing, it’s always updating, that’s why we’re constantly bringing you the new information,” said Monroe.

The best way to know how you should prepare, check out a reliable weather website or right here with your very own Storm Team 10. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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