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  • Breaking weather records and breaking out the chocolate!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    It’s been a crazy winter to begin with, but with this last storm system, a couple of things happened…

    First up, Chicago:

    And Detroit is now NUMBER ONE for the snowiest season on record:

    We’ll also break some record lows tonight…

    Look at some of the drops in the last 24 hours…

    And because it’s tax day, and we’re in for some snow – I thought it was time to break this out:

    HA!

    There are better days ahead for much of the country as we get closer to Easter.  Here’s a look at your Sunday forecast:

    I suggest a chocolate break for everyone today!

    JD

  • Mother Nature must not like Mondays!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Hope you had a great weekend.  We’ve got another mixed bag of weather this Monday..including record breaking cold and SNOW in some spots!  Eek.  I put away all of our winter coats/clothes last week, so perhaps I jinxed it?  The good news is the snow won’t last long.  The bad news is…it’s the middle of April and we’re expecting snow.  To quote one of my favorite cartoon characters:   “Good grief!”

    So here’s the deal:  A powerful cold front is moving across the eastern half of the U.S:

    And said cold front is triggering all sorts of weather  from severe storms (including the threat for tornadoes) to snow and temperatures behind the front reminiscent of winter.

    The severe storm threat is spread across parts of the lower Mississippi Valley and the Central Gulf Coast states.

    Heavy rain will cause concerns for flash flooding with upwards of 3 inches of rain occurring over the Tennessee Valley.

    Snow will fall behind this cold front from Kansas through Michigan.  1-3 inches is likely with some higher isolated totals possible. 

    It will also snow as far south as the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles as the temperatures plunge drastically as the front moves east. 

    Freeze watches are up for areas as far south as Texas! 

    This system will move east tonight bringing cold air and snow to the Northeast and the threat for severe storms across the eastern Carolinas tomorrow.

    That’s all for now.    Be safe and or bundle up!   I’ll have a look at your Easter forecast tomorrow…so be sure to check in.

    JD

  • OPEN BLOG!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you all had a great weekend!  Here’s your Sunday Open Blog!

    Talk to you tomorrow/Tuesday!

    JD

  • CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE POPPIN!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    I’m back from my trip to D.C!  I had a wonderful time.  I had a couple of meetings about my next Freddy the Frogcaster adventure (Freddy and the BIG BLIZZARD)  and attending a wonderful tea for an upcoming event in our Nation’s Capital for the MS Society which I will tell you all about as we get closer to the date.  I also had dinner with Shannon Bream and her wonderful mom who was visiting!  (Check my twitter feed for the pictures!)

    I took several pictures of the Cherry Blossoms in FULL BLOOM…so I thought I would post them for you to enjoy.  It was the most glorious day yesterday.

    Have a great weekend!  I’ll post another OPEN BLOG on Sunday…

    JD

  • OPEN BLOG!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I’m going to be off for a few days — so I will post a few OPEN BLOGS for you to chat.  I’ll be in D.C. tomorrow and Thursday, so I’ll try to take some cherry blossom pictures and post them!

    Have a great rest of the week!

    JD

  • Flooding and severe storms for the Gulf...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy weekend everyone!  It really is starting to look and feel like spring (finally) across the country. 

    And, I’m grateful to say that for the most part, weather is pretty quiet this weekend, however there are a few areas we need to watch closely:

    We’ve got heavy rain and the potential for severe weather across the South and Southeast on Sunday.   Widespread rainfall of 2-4″ will bring localized flooding.

    Strong to severe thunderstorms are also a threat.  

    The storms continue Monday across the Southeast Gulf Coast and into the Carolinas.  

    Meanwhile, another system moving into the Northwest  will keep rain and snow in the forecast this weekend:

    Calmer weather is in store for the new workweek in this region.

    Enjoy your weekend everyone!  I am on my ways outside to get some sunshine…

    JD

  • Severe weather outbreak this week!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi all!

    Wanted to update you on the possibility of a significant severe weather outbreak starting tomorrow through Friday that will potentially affect the Plains, the Mississippi Valley and the Midwest. 

    Large hail, damaging winds and several tornadoes are very possible. 

    On the cold side of the storm heavy snow could pile up over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. 

    One of the main ingredients we need for a severe weather outbreak is a pretty potent cold front with warm unstable air ahead of it.  Look at the temperature contrast tomorrow:

    And here’s the region we typically look to for the threat of strong to severe storms during the month of April:

    Meanwhile, unsettled weather continues over the west with more rain and mountain snow from Washington state down into central and southern California (a good news story for California), however the mudslide and rockslide threat will remain high for the heavily saturated region of the Northwest.

    Have a great (and safe) rest of the week!

    JD

  • No April Foolin'! More snow!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    We had another quick snowstorm this morning across the Northeast that brought thundersnow AND five inches of snow over Long Island.  This was me at around 730 am waiting for the LIRR!

    Grrr.  I’ll have another weather update tomorrow.  More snow and maybe tornadoes on Wednesday.  Stay tuned!

    JD

  • Heavy rain, snow, a possible blizzard and tornadoes!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Well, we’re wrapping up March with a lot of weather across much of the country.

    Our first storm is mainly east of the Mississippi  Valley with a mixed bag of weather in store for this region.  We have the threat for severe storms for Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.  

    A tornado watch is in effect for parts of Central Florida until 5pm local time.

    Meanwhile, snow will fall across parts of the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast.  Some areas could receive upwards of 5 inches of new snow. 

    Widespread rain will spread over the Northeast.  Some areas could get 3 inches or more creating flooding issues: 

    Unsettled weather continues for the Northwest down into Central California where the risk for mudlsides and landslides continues…

    This is especially trying for rescue crews in Oso, Washington with the tragic landslide from last weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and those who continue to try and find those who are still missing.

    Meanwhile, some of the energy from the west is going to spread eastward and bring a potential blizzard for the Northern Plains and Midwest this week!

    So, as you can see lots of things to keep us weather folks busy this weekend and early next week.  And just an early heads-up, we could have a tornado outbreak midweek across the Central U.S.  This is the region that we typically see severe weather during the month of March:

    And thankfully,  we’ve had a very quiet tornado season thus far.  Things could change, though in the next few weeks, so be prepared, and stay safe!

    Talk to you soon!    Have a wonderful weekend.

    JD

  • Mainly a miss for this incredibly strong Nor'Easter

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Monday everyone!

    First off, prayers to all those involved in that massive and tragic mudslide in Washington State.    More than 100 people are still listed as missing.

    Rainfall in this region has been relentless, although this area has been known for mudslides with one that happened  8 years ago.  The stories are heartbreaking, and it looks like more unsettled weather continues for this region over the next few days for the search and rescue efforts.

    For yet another week, cold air is invading much of the country.  We broke records around the New York and Connecticut airports:

    And we could have a hard freeze for parts of the Deep South Tuesday night:

    A clipper from the Midwest will spread snow into parts of the Northern Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Midatlantic tonight.  Generally 1-3 inches will fall with colder air being pulled southward.

    This clipper combined with a low from the Gulf of Mexico will bring a significant Nor’Easter to the region on Tuesday. 

    Right now it appears the worst of the storm will be off-shore which is good news because this is by far the strongest system of the season, and with a pressure drop of 46 millibars in just 24 hours, this could be one of the strongest winter storms ever recorded.  It could come close enough to bring blizzard conditions to eastern Massachusetts, and Atlantic Canada need to be on high alert.  Winds could be over 100 mph at the height of this beast.

    Meanwhile, rain will be on and off for the Gulf Coast.  Tonight an area of low pressure comes out of the Gulf of Mexico and moves across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.  Some snow could mix in across the Carolinas as this Low moves offshore and combines with another system from the North to bring us our Nor’Easter.

    If details change, we’ll be sure to let you know!

    Be safe everyone

    JD

about this blog

  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.