February 3, 2010
Exactly how much snow will Charlottesville get?
Some are tweeting 1 foot, others 2 feet. Those are high snowfall totals, but as for the rumor we may get 4 feet this weekend?
"I think they're probably from another planet," said Jerry Stenger, a climatologist at the University of Virginia.
Once the rumors get started, they take off quickly.
"We receive our share of interesting phone calls," said Jason Burch, director of air service and marketing for Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport.
Twitterers cited the Virginia Department of Transportation as a source of the rumor, but VDOT spokesperson Lou Hatter said he's not anticipating that much snow.
But the rumors were enough to worry people with plans to fly. One caller was worried about flights in March being cancelled due to the snowfall this weekend.
"Most recently, we had someone want to know the weather on March 16 and if their flights were going to be affected by it," Burch said. "We take each [call] individually."
UVa.'s climatologist Stenger said variables in different interpretations of the forecast is causing the speculation.
"A lot of things are still on the table," Stenger said. "A lot of stuff that may sound wacky is, if not a reasonable thing that's going to happen, certainly could."
As for the likelihood we'll get 4 feet of snow?
"Nothing more than 2 feet has ever crossed my mind," CBS19 chief meteorologist Travis Koshko said.
Right or wrong, it has certainly crossed the minds of some active tweeters in Charlottesville.