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Winter Weather Apps

The cold weather is coming fast and that means snow and ice and doicey weather conditions. Thanks to apps, tablets and the Web, you never again need to wonder what its going to be like out there. Here’s a helpful roundup of winter weather apps.

When bad weather threatens we want to know when and where it will start. And that’s where the new Forecast.io website comes in. It accesses the radar data available from the U.S. government and predicts rainfall and snow for your exact area by the hour.

The iPhone app is called Dark Sky. It costs $3.99.

winterThe Andoid app is Arcus Weather.

I really like the Road Trip Weather App for the iPhone. It costs $1.99 but is very handy. It provides a personalized weather forecast for your drive based on WHERE you will be and WHEN you will be there. Enter your route & departure time and weather data populates on the map , showing potentially hazardous conditions.

Then there’s the free Winter Survival kit app on the iPhone and Android platform It comes in handy if you find yourself stranded. It helps you identify your exact current location, call 911, notify your friends and family and calculate how long you can run your engine to keep warm and stay safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s from the folks at North Dakota State University, up where they really know winter.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.