Snow Job? National Weather Service Accused of Inflating Accumulation Predictions
Forecasters were accused of hiding the fact that the storm was not going to be so bad in some places.
Did The National Weather Service conceal the fact that Tuesday’s storm was not going to be as bad as everyone feared in some parts of the country?
Officials were reportedly aware that the snowstorm in New York City would dump much less than the two feet they had predicted. But they apparently kept it to themselves.
"National Weather Service offices decided it was best to remain on the high side of the forecast snowfall," an NWS spokesman told Inside Edition. "It was the prudent thing to do."
"Out of extreme caution, we decided to stick with higher amounts," Greg Carbin, Chief of Forecast Operations for the Weather Prediction Center told The Associated Press.
All schools in the city were closed in anticipation of the blizzard that never was. In the end, the Big Apple got about seven inches.
The New York Post labeled the fiasco "flake news."
But other parts of the Northeast were walloped with huge snowfall totals for March, which is leading to other issues.
The sheer weight of the snow can cause roofs to collapse. On a flat roof, a patch of snow two feet deep is comparable to the weight of a pickup truck.
Pitched roofs also present the danger of falling ice and snow.
YouTube videos show how dangerous it can be if you climb on the roof to get rid of the snow.
Ben Gjana, of Expert Roofing Contractors of Westchester, showed Inside Edition the safe way to remove snow from your roof.
He advised having a ladder with someone holding it at the bottom to get close to the top, and remove it with a shovel or rake.
"I recommend going on a ladder and move their way around the gutter and not go high up there," he said.
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