For this situation, the high-res models tell us that the snow storm is likely trending west, but whether or not it really will, we'll have to wait and see. Although the infoglut provided by social media could overwhelm forecasters, even the best meteorologists (and I do NOT include myself in that category) can use crowdsourcing to find out additional important information, especially in extremely short-range forecasting (nowcasting).
This is an example of how Social Media is revolutionizing weather forecasting, something I'll be writing about in WeatherWise magazine's Jan-Feb. 2012 issue, and it's not at all unseen here at AccuWeather -- when our company was started 50 years ago, our founder Joel Myers noted that the average consensus forecast of his entire meteorology class would always beat the best daily forecasters - which is why we have a twice-daily map discussion here at HQ to get all of the meteorologists on the same page - an internal crowdsourcing if you will.
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