As Earth tilts away from the sun and the air becomes gradually cooler, we are reminded that winter is on the horizon. This season, characterized by its cold temperatures, snow, and shorter days, brings a unique set of challenges and joys. 🏂
Understanding the weather patterns during winter is not just a matter of convenience but a necessity for safety, planning, and making the most of the season.❄️
The list of Windy uses is already extensive as it is, but here are some ways that can be of use for winter times:
Snowboarding and skiing: Enhance your experience up in the mountains during skiing or snowboarding by having the most accurate snow-level forecasting and up-to-date webcams from the resort.
Ski touring: Assess weather conditions such as cloudiness, wind, and temperature, before planning a ski tour or splitboarding in the backcountry. All of that in high-resolution models such as ICON-D2, HRRR, AROME, or UKV.
Snowkiting: Master the Windy situation (get it?) for the most exhilarating experiences above the mountains.
Protection from risks such as Frostbite and Hypothermia: Exposure to extreme cold can cause frostbite, which damages body tissues, and hypothermia, where the body temperature drops to dangerously low levels. These conditions are particularly risky for vulnerable populations like the elderly, homeless, and children.
Avoid road hazards: by checking the level of new snow. A thin coating forming into ice on the surface is particularly dangerous as it's nearly invisible to drivers.
How to enjoy winter and avoid weather risks with Windy
Most layers are usable all year round, but we also have a few special layers that are particularly useful in winter.
- New snow 🌨️ - Shows total snow accumulation in the next hours or days. Explore the New Snow layer with up to 5 different weather models in the US and Europe. For short-term, high-resolution forecasts, check out our local models like HRRR, ICON-D2, UKV or AROME. Check it out here.
- Snow depth ❄️ - Forecasts depth and density of snow in the next days. The models offer is more simple. For every place on the planet, you can compare ECMWF and ICON forecasts. Available here.
- Webcams 📷 - Access to thousands of webcams worldwide capturing up-to-date images of a weather in diverse locations. Highly recommended before going to your favorite resort, local mountain, or favorite trail. Don't forget to use webcams previews to see different weather webcams in the area. The more you zoom in, the more webcams you get. Check the webcams here.
- Alerts 📱 - Set up customized alerts in Windy for specific weather events, like heavy snowfall, extremely low temperatures, or in-depth wind alerts. Be ready for your next big day!
Offline mode [EXPERIMENTAL] - Use Windy in places with limited access to the Internet as we are currently testing the offline mode. Want to test with us? Read more about Offline Mode here.
Weather Models - The app provides access to different weather models, including ECMWF, GFS, ICON, and others, offering a range of forecasts and scenarios. This diversity in data sources enhances the accuracy of predictions and helps users understand the potential range of weather outcomes.
Weather warnings 🌍 - Before you set off on your adventure, it's worth checking out this layer. Hydrometeorological institutes worldwide regularly issue warnings about the effects of more than just winter weather. Stay safe!
Understanding and preparing for winter weather risks is crucial to navigate the winter season safely. This includes staying informed about weather forecasts, taking appropriate precautions, and having emergency plans and supplies ready for any "adventure" that winter may bring.
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Winter season is an ideal start for your Windy Premium. Use high-resolution maps for the snow forecast, save an unlimited number of webcams and alerts, or check up to 12h records of the weather radar. The whole year of Premium adventures for just $18.99 (or equivalent in your currency). Go Premium now!