100 million in winter storm pad

If you live anywhere between Maine and New Mexico, you know a dangerous winter storm is coming. As many as 100 million people in 22 states are concerned about freezing temperatures and several feet of snow. If you need to go somewhere, avoid dangerous snowy roads with Waze.

Adverse conditions can cause power outages or broadcast interruptions, preventing vital information from reaching those who need it most. This could endanger millions of people.

That’s why you have to be prepared for anything. Before it’s too late, here are easy ways to continue receiving life-saving information, even if there’s a power outage.

Here’s the backstory

Most of Arizona, Utah and much of the west coast are unharmed from the storm. However, what started Tuesday in the Rockies will plow through the US, covering some areas with up to 30 inches of snow.

It’s always a good idea to stay up to date with the latest weather warnings and advice wherever you are. Fortunately, a few excellent resources will keep you up to date on what’s happening across the country.

Apple’s built-in weather app

iOS users have a handy weather app built into their devices. If you don’t know where to find it on iPhone, open the Apple App Store and find it again. The Weather app appears in the results. Tap Open and you’re in.

The app gives you all the information you need for a particular city, but it does have a few handy tricks. For example, below the 10-day weather forecast and air quality, a temperature map displays your location and the surrounding area. When you tap on it, the map will open to become interactive.

You can move around to get a bigger picture of your state. To see the real-time temperature of another 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 watchlist.

On the main screen of your favorite city, any weather warnings will be displayed there. Tapping it will take you to weather.com.

You may also notice the small white dot on the temperature scale for the day. That hidden detail shows you where the current temperature falls for that day. Tap or click here to learn more about the secret dot.

AccuWeather App

Android users can’t access native iOS apps, but they can get the latest weather updates with AccuWeather. The app is free and offers many options to keep you informed. For example, the live weather forecast includes minute-by-minute updates for your city.

In addition, AccuWeather can warn you of adverse conditions that may come 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 snowfall and accumulation warnings. In addition, the app includes RealFeel and RealFeel Shade Temperature technology to know what the temperature will be like.

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