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An article circulating online claiming that meteorologists have predicted record-breaking snowfall for the upcoming winter is a hoax.Reuters

An article circulating online claiming that meteorologists have predicted record-breaking snowfall for the upcoming winter is a hoax.

The fake story originated from Empire News, a satirical website.

The bogus report read: "Meteorologists and weather science experts at the National Weather Service (NWS) say that there is a 99% chance that the we will start to see a massive cold-front sooner in the year than has ever happened, which will produce not just record-breaking snowfall, but according to Dr. Boris Scvediok, a doctor of global weather sciences, record shattering snow storms across the board, affecting the entire United States."

The fake story carried a made-up quote from Edward F Blankenbaker, Senior Administrator of Meteorologists, saying: "Pretty much everyone will see snow like they never have in their lives. Most younger people don't even know what an actual blizzard looks like, but by the end of March, they will be seasoned survivalists,"

The report went on: "Along with the mention of severe winter weather, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) predicts supply and demand could cause shortages, causing the prices of bread and milk to increase substantially."

However, there is no truth in the story, and a disclaimer on the website reads: "Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental."

Many Twitter users fell for this snow joke, and shared it on the social media.