When winter storms roll in, it can quickly become a deadly serious situation. That is why it is so important that you do everything possible to stay up-to-date with the latest weather information while you are driving your family around. The best way to do this is install weather advisory apps on your smartphone to stay current with all the latest winter weather news. Here is a look at the best winter weather advisory apps you can use to protect your family this winter.
This is one of the best weather apps currently available. You can use the Accuweather app to stay up-to-date on all the latest winter weather news. It will show you current radar, forecasts, safety advisories and precipitation information. It will even send you alerts when winter weather advisories are issued by the National Weather Service.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Simple Weather Advisory App
If you hate clogging up your phone with apps that are too complicated, this is the app for you. The NOAA Simple Weather Advisory app shows you simple layouts of all the current weather information in your area. It will vibrate and give you audio alerts whenever a winter weather advisory is issued for your area. You can adjust the radius on this app to control how close the advisory is before the app will alert you.
National Weather Service
If you are the kind of person who likes to get their information straight from the horse’s mouth, this is the app for you. The National Weather Service app will send you texts and email hurricane statistics and alerts in addition to notifying you through your phone when they issue winter weather advisories in your area. They also have a helpful list of many other winter weather apps that you can download in case one of these three is not you cup of tea.
Use Your Local News
If you don’t care for installing apps on your phone or you simply don’t have a smartphone, you can still get instant notification of winter weather advisories through your local news station. Simply sign up for their text alert and email list, and they will send you notifications anytime a winter weather advisory is released in your area.
Even with instant notifications about the weather, you still can get caught up in a winter storm. Here is a checklist of essential supplies you should keep in your car to survive bad winter storms:
- Candles and something to light them
- Warm Blankets
- Credit Cards and Cash
- Food and water
- Mittens, hats and gloves
- Cell phone and a list of emergency numbers
- A portable smartphone charger
- Jumper cables
- Extra warm clothes
- A shovel for digging your car out of drifts