Everything you need to know to track this weekend’s winter storm

How to Track Winter Storm 2016Image Source: National Weather Service

If you’re in the Northeastern United States, you’re likely aware that the first massive snow storm of the winter season is currently bearing down on your city. According to the latest forecasts, the storm is expected to hit some areas late tonight and last through Saturday night into Sunday, so you’re going to want to keep track of the storm all weekend long.

Thankfully, in times like these, the Internet is your friend.

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Earlier this morning, Lifehacker put together a list of all the best sources for weather information so that you can keep yourself as informed as possible throughout this potentially life-threatening weekend.

The first thing you need to do is check the National Weather Service to see if your city falls in the path of the storm. (Hint: If it’s anywhere from Arkansas to New York, you’re probably getting at least some adverse weather.) Once you find your region, click it on the map to zoom in and see more specific forecasts for your area.

Now that you know whether or not you need to start preparing for extreme weather, you start figuring out which weather sites to bookmark. Lifehacker’s personal favorites can be found below:

They each serve a slightly different purpose, but in used concert, they should provide a crystal clear view of the weather around you this weekend. If you’d like to add a live, constantly updated weather map to your list of tabs, you can check out Weather Underground’s Wundermap or LiveWXRadar.com as well.

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Finally, if you don’t have access to a computer (or just would rather keep track of everything on your smartphone), there are plenty of great apps that will get the job done for both iPhone and Android users:

Be smart, pay attention and make use of the tools around you. Whether the storm turns out to be as severe as initial forecasts have shown or not, it’s never a bad idea to be prepared.

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