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Record-breaking snowfall this winter?

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A map with a fictitious forecast for the upcoming winter is being widely shared on social media.

DENVER — You may have seen this image on Facebook in recent days.

It claims much of the nation will see “above normal snowfall” this coming winter with the northeast coast getting “well above normal snowfall.”

It looks like an ominous forecast for this winter, but it’s not real.

The image was created to accompany an article by EmpireNews.net, a satirical website just like The Onion.

The article claims Americans should expect “20 times” as much snow as last winter. The article also warns that bread and milk prices will likely triple as a result of the forecast.

The image is being widely shared on social media without the article so it’s easy for someone to be fooled by it.

If you’re interested in real, science-based long-range forecasts, check out the Climate Prediction Center. As a part of the National Weather Service, the center puts out 6-10 day, 8-14 day, monthly and seasonal forecasts.

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