If you live anywhere between Maine and New Mexico, you know that a dangerous winter storm is coming. As many as 100 million people across 22 states are buckling down to brave freezing temperatures and several feet of snow. If you have to drive somewhere, avoid dangerous snow-packed roads with Waze.
Adverse conditions could cause power outages or broadcast interruptions, keeping vital information from flowing to those who need it most. This could put millions of people in danger.
That’s why you need to be prepared for anything. Before it’s too late, here are simple ways to keep getting life-saving information even if there is a power outage.
Here’s the backstory
Most of Arizona, Utah and much of the West Coast are unscathed by the storm. However, what started in the Rockies on Tuesday will plow across the U.S. and blanket some areas with up to 30-inches of snow.
It is always a good idea to stay up to date with the latest weather alerts and advisories no matter where you are. Luckily, a few excellent sources will keep you abreast of what is happening around the country.
Apple’s built-in weather app
iOS users have a nifty weather app built into their devices. If you don’t know where to find it on iPhone, open the Apple App Store and search weather. The Weather app will appear in the results. Tap Open, and you’re in.
The app provides you with all the information you need for a specific city, but it does have a few neat tricks. For example, below the 10-day forecast and air quality, a temperature map displays your location and the surrounding area. When you tap on it, the map opens to become interactive.
You can move around to get a larger view of your state. To see the real-time temperature of a different city, tap and hold on the map until the information bubble appears. You can then view the forecast for that city or add it to your watch list.
On the main screen of your preferred city, any weather warnings will show up there. Tapping on it will take you to weather.com.
You might also notice the tiny white dot in the day’s temperature scale. That hidden detail shows you where the current temperature falls for that day. Tap or click here for more information on the secret dot.
Android users don’t have access to native iOS apps, but they can get the latest weather updates with AccuWeather. The app is free and features many options to keep you informed. For example, the live weather forecast includes minute-by-minute updates for your city.
In addition, AccuWeather can alert you to any adverse conditions coming your way. If you have an iPhone, you can also check out the app. Get AccuWeather for iOS here. Or download the app for Android here.
Relevant to current winter storms, AccuWeather’s WinterCast gives you advanced warnings of snowfall probabilities and accumulation. In addition, the app incorporates RealFeel and RealFeel Shade Temperature technology to know what the temperature will be like.