Snow is just a fact of life when you live in the north. As fall fades into winter you start making those small adjustments to your schedule. You know the kinds of things I’m talking about–building in extra time to brush off the car before you can head out. Extra travel time for your commute or errands to compensate for slower driving. The time needed to shovel or run the snow blower before you can even get out of the driveway.
Then there are the questions. Will there be enough accumulation that the kids might be delayed or have school cancelled? The weather is calling for snow–is it going to be a dusting that won’t affect anything, or a significant snowfall that will impact my travel plans? Should we set the alarm earlier in case we need to dig the car out in the morning? Sure–weather apps and the radio let you know that snow is on it’s way, but they usually fail to differentiate between a few flakes gently drifting down and whiteout conditions.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly how much it was going to snow?
Enter the Snowcast app for iOS users!
“SnowCast takes the guesswork out of knowing when, where and how much, so users know if the coming snow will be a nuisance, a play day or a complete disaster. . . ‘SnowCast provides the earliest snowfall alerts for users’ exact locations,’ said J.B. Kropp, vice president of digital strategy and business development for Scripps. ‘That level of detail — combined with SnowCast’s best-in-class weather data and simple user interface — makes the app a must-have for anyone who lives, works or travels in areas that expect snow this winter.'”
So how does Snowcast work? Let me show you:
1-Opening Screen. You’ve got to start somewhere! This is the fun little photo collage you get when you first start opening the app.
2-Current Location. When you first open Snowcast it will ask if it can use your current location. You can always change this later in the settings.
3-Push Notifications. If you want the most up to date information, then receive the alerts of expected snowfall. Easy! Personally I always seem to have a low battery, so I usually don’t do push notifications–I just let it look for the info when I open the app.
4-Select Locations. If you either haven’t selected a location, or want to check the location for an area other than where you are (like check the snowfall for a destination you’ll be at later in the day) you can go in through your settings and select a town and state–then if you like you can use this screen to refine it even further. 1-This is what you get if there isn’t any snowfall predicted. Notice the high and low temperature in the upper right hand corner.
2-Here’s a screen in a place where there is snowfall forecasted. You can get the expected cumulative snowfall hour by hour for the next 48 just by touching the time on the chart across the bottom of the screen. You also get a message if there are any weather alerts, including winter storm advisories, watches and warnings!
3-When you click on the weather alert icon (if present) it takes you to the official alert.
4-There is also the option to see the upcoming snow in a moving radar weather map.
Won’t your life run more smoothly if you know what the expected snowfall is this winter? So head on over and Download the app for Snowcast today!