updated 11/7/2012 4:19:56 PM ET 2012-11-07T21:19:56

As a nor'easter makes its way along the U.S. East Coast, many in the storm's path will be turning to Twitter for updates, as they did during the recent superstorm, Sandy. Twitter often reports events faster than mainstream media, plus it's a fun way to get the news. 

As many saw during Sandy, however, social media can quickly spread false rumors and images. To help you get a solid start, we've collected some of the best Twitter accounts to follow for quick, reliable, basic information on the  upcoming nor'easter, which is expected to bring strong winds and a mixture of snow and rain to the East Coast today (Nov. 7) and tomorrow. 

Capital Weather Gang, @capitalweather

Who they are: Weather bloggers for the Washington Post

Why they're worth following: Timely updates on both what's happening and what's expected to come. The Weather Gang mostly covers Washington, D.C., but will answer questions about other East Coast areas as well.

Dan Satterfield, @wildweatherdan

Who he is: Chief meteorologist for a CBS affiliate in Maryland

Why he's worth following: Forecasts, warnings, plus a pleasing Twitter handle 

Brian McNoldy, @BMcNoldy

Who he is: A tropical cyclone researcher at the University of Miami

Why he's worth following: McNoldy tweets mostly about hurricanes and tropical storms, but he does write about other major storm forecasts. He also links to explanations of the science behind storms.

Weather Channel staff Mike Bettes (@TWCMikeBettes), Jim Cantore (@JimCantore), @weatherchannel and @TWCBreaking

Why they're worth following: We won't take sides in  this morning's scuffle  between the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service, which told its staff to ignore the news station's attempt to give today's nor'easter a name. The Weather Channel tweeters provide frequent forecasts, weather advisories and weather-related news from around the world. 

NWS, @usNWSgov

Who they are: The National Weather Service

Why they're worth following: Forecasts straight from the source. The Weather Channel and other news stations use National Weather Service-provided data in their reporting. In addition, the National Weather Service has Twitter accounts for specific U.S. cities and regions, such as New York ( @NWSNewYorkNY ). Find a list among  NWS's followed accounts.

Andrea Thompson, @AndreaTOAP

Who she is: Managing editor of OurAmazingPlanet, a sister site of TechNewsDaily

Why she's worth following: Thompson tweets forecasts, stories about the science of storms and weather-related news for New York City, where OurAmazingPlanet and TechNewsDaily are based.

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