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Using Social Media To Track The Storm

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At the start of any day when there's going to be bad weather, state patrol is out monitoring road conditions. 

"We'll have them out on the road, and we'll be updating conditions of interstates and state highways in the area every hour or two," Trooper Dan Loussaert of Iowa State Patrol says. 

Snow plow drivers are looking too, and it all gets reported to dispatch to give drivers real time updates.

"Then they update our website and pass it on through other social media outlets," Loussaert says. 

At the National Weather Service, they're using social media to get the word out too. 

"Social media is a great tool for getting the word out quickly, word of mouth is an awesome way to spread information," NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Donna Dubberke says. 

But these tools are only as useful as the people who use them. The more people online, the more these updates can reach and help. 

"Social media has really been a huge impact on getting the word out very quickly to a lot of people, used wisely it can be a huge benefit," Dubberke says. 

These agencies can get updates from you too. 

"We get a lot of tweets through Twitter where people let us know what they're seeing, when it's changed to snow, if they get thunder snow, anything like that," Dubberke says. 

Tweeting road conditions with hash tags or posting pictures with locations on these pages helps others see what's going on where. 

"Anytime people can see and understand what's going on around them, if it helps you to make a decision about whether you should or shouldn't go out that will be a very useful piece of information," Dubberke says. 

Storm watchers, emergency responders, and you, all working together to get the most up to date information out.  

"Just try to expect the unexpected," Loussaert says. 

Be sure to follow KWQC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kwqcnews) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/kwqcnews) for the latest updates. 

You can also find useful information on road conditions at these sites:

511 Iowa: http://511ia.org/

Getting Around Illinois: http://wrc.gettingaroundillinois.com/pages/wrc.htm

National Weather Service Quad Cities: https://twitter.com/NWSQuadCities