An arctic blast ushered in the New Year, with temperatures plunging below zero and the wind chill pushing the thermometer even lower. Snow blanketed much of Colorado as the winter of 2015 settled in and the frigid weather shows no signs of a thaw. The Farmer’s Almanac calls for bitter cold and snowy weather, with the coldest outbreak of the season occurring at the end of January and the beginning of February when arctic air descends into the northern plains. When that happens, actual temperatures will hit double-digit negative numbers across the Midwest, and snow showers will follow.
Mobile Apps to the Rescue
So what do you do besides curl up with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate? How do you prepare for plummeting temperatures and surprise snowfalls? Your Denver accident lawyer suggests five easy apps for your mobile devices that will help you through unpredictable weather this winter:
- Dark Sky: This app for iPhones and iPads predicts rainfall and snow in your exact location by the hour. It shows radar and weather maps as well.
- Seamless: You can use Seamless’ free iOS, Android or Blackberry apps to order delivery or takeout. The app allows you to order and pay for food from various restaurants from one mobile device. No calls are necessary, but allow for extra delivery time in bad weather and tip well!
- Flashlight apps: Flashlight apps in Android and iOS app stores use the LED flash on the camera or screen of your phone or iPad.
- Winter Survival Kit app: Install this app on your phone before leaving home. It calls 911, sends notifications to family and friends, sends your location to emergency services, and calculates how long you can afford to run your car engine before you run out of gas or are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The app is available for Android and iOS devices.
- Fireplace app: This app simulates a roaring fireplace on your phone screen, and can sync with other apps like Netflix or iTunes. Unfortunately, it does not provide any heat.
In addition to the above apps, your Denver accident lawyer advises winterizing your vehicle and your home and maintaining each during the winter months. Specifically, have your furnace cleaned and readied for winter use. Fix any insulation problems and seal drafty windows and/or doorways with tape or padding in order to keep cold air out and warm air in. Put winter tires on your vehicle, make sure your brakes work properly, and check all your fluids–especially windshield wiper fluid. Put a bag of sand or salt in the trunk, along with a blanket, a pair of boots, some water bottles, and a first aid kit.
In addition to winterizing your home and vehicle, winterize yourself. Dress for the weather! Wear a winter coat, and don’t forget the hat and gloves–and boots when it snows.
Contact a Denver Accident Lawyer Today
For more information on how to stay safe and warm this winter, or if you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a winter weather accident, contact Jordan Levine at the Levine Law Firm.