By Andrés Uribe, Expedition PR
It’s snowing out! The winter of 2013/14 is already shaping up as one to remember. With multiple snowstorms hitting the northeast and parts of the south, and people in places like Raleigh and Atlanta dealing with snow these cities just aren’t built to handle, everyone needs to do their part to make sure they stay safe and warm during this winter season. Here are a few apps that will help you out:
1. Yahoo Weather. First things first, be sure to keep an eye on the weather. It’s hard to prepare for a winter storm if you wait until you see the first snowflake to check the weather. Although there are many apps out there that will keep you up to date on the forecast, Yahoo Weather sure has built a nice one. Download this app to get your 10-day forecast, current weather map, wind speed, pressure and sunrise/sunset updates.
2. Find my Friends. As with any storm, making sure your loved ones are safe is one of the top priorities. With Find my Friends, you can easily track your friend’s and family’s whereabouts during a storm. Simply download the app, enter in their emails if you are not already linked up on the app, and set up an event with a start and end time where you can track each other. At the end of the designated event time (maybe a day after the storm is over, just to be safe) you will no longer be able to see the location of your friends, so it doesn’t get too creepy.
3. Waze. Although traveling us generally not advised during a winter storm, sometimes you’re left with little option. If you must get on the road use caution, drive slow and use Waze and a co-pilot to navigate. Waze is a navigation app that features crowdsourced updates on road conditions. What this means is that if someone using Waze a few miles ahead of you reports that the bridge is iced over, you will be immediately updated of this condition and therefore able to adjust your driving accordingly.
4. RoadMovies. Through all the destruction and chaos a snowstorm can cause, there is some beauty and serenity that can be found. If you’re the artsy type who loves making snow angles or walking around and exploring a snowed over city, RoadMovies is a must for you. RoadMovies allows you to record a series of short clips totaling 24 seconds, place a filter over them (or not), and add some background music. When finished, you’re left with a serene movie depicting your snow day adventures.
5. Seamless. And for the majority of you who wake up to see snow and the first thing you think is ‘there’s no way I’m going outside today’, I’ve got you. In case you didn’t already know, SEAMLESS! Order great meals from local restaurants without ever having to talk to a single person. And if you’ve signed up before, don’t forget to check your email on a snow day; Seamless is well known to send out snow day coupons.
Stay warm everyone!