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  • Several storms impacting the Northeast this week

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone.  Happy Monday.

    Well, we had it easy for the first half of winter, and now the Northeast is getting socked with several systems this month.

    We have a powerful coastal low bringing snow and wind across the region.

    The heaviest snow is piling up over the eastern half of Long Island and southeastern New England, where generally 6-12″ is expected through tomorrow morning.

    Southeastern Massachusetts will likely see the heaviest snow with isolated totals over 12″.  Wind gusts over 50mph are also likely across southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod through tonight, where blizzard warnings are posted.

    Meanwhile, snow showers will move across the Great Lakes and Midwest with a Clipper system, but strong winds will be the bigger issue from Minnesota into Iowa.   Wind gusts to 50mph will cause blizzard conditions, especially from southern Minnesota to central Iowa through this evening.

    New Hampshire will miss out on the heaviest of the snow and wind today, with 4-8″ possible across the extreme southeastern and coastal portions of the state.  Lesser totals are likely farther north and west, where 3-5″ is likely.  Lighter snow showers will continue Tuesday and Wednesday, with a few additional inches of accumulation possible over those days.  We don’t think this will cause too many issues for the primary tomorrow.

    That’s all for now.  We’re hoping for a much calmer weather pattern midweek for much of the country.  Hope you’re all doing great!


  • Severe weather outbreak likely tonight!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!
    Another big weather day across the country as the blizzard moves north and east, and we get set for the threat of a severe weather outbreak this afternoon.Heavy snow and wind will continue across the Plains and Midwest bringing whiteout conditions and an additional 6-12″+ of snow.Blizzard Warnings remain posted from Nebraska into Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.On the southern side of this same system, severe weather will develop today through tonight across the Mississippi River Valley, Ohio River Valley, and into the Southeast.Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are possible.  The best chance for strong tornadoes will be from Mississippi through Alabama, Tennessee, into Kentucky and southern Indiana.If you live in any of these areas, please pay close attention to your local weather forecasts and keep your NOAA weather radios on overnight.

  • Major snowstorm to move across the Plains/Midwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    It’s the calm before the storm.  We have a major winter storm ready to crank up this week and bring heavy snow and blizzard conditions to the Rockies, Plains and Upper Midwest.

    Ahead of this, the West coast will see heavy rain and mountain snow from the Pacific Northwest through Northern California sliding down the coast into Southern California Sunday:

    Snow will then overspread parts of Nevada, Utah and Colorado.

    Monday that low-pressure system will crank up in the southern/central Plains. This will spread heavy snow from Colorado and southern Wyoming, into parts of Nebraska, western Kansas and New Mexico.

    For Monday evening’s Iowa caucuses,  at the very least light snow could sneak into southern and western Iowa, but should hold off in northern and eastern parts of the state. The heaviest snow will arrive Tuesday with possible blizzard conditions:

    And on the “warm” side of the storm, a severe weather outbreak could occur over parts of the South and Ohio Valley Tuesday.  This will include tornadoes.

    We’ll certainly keep an eye on things from here and keep you posted!


  • One for the record books!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    It is the day where the eastern half of the country is digging out, and hopefully everyone is safe and warm.  Thankfully,  the storm has finally packed its bags and left the East Coast!  This system dumped crazy amounts of snow with a few locations surpassing all-time 1-day and 2-day snow records.  Take a look:

    Look at some of these wind gust reports:

    Temperatures should be about average of slightly above average this week, and so far we don’t have anything else looming on the horizon in the next 3 days!

    As far as the rest of the country,  unsettled weather continues along the West coast bringing rain to the Northwest and Central California and snow to the mountains.

    High pressure will move into the East coast and bring clear but cold conditions.  Some snow will fall across the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes.

    I hope you’re all doing well.  I’m finally going home to my family after 3 days of being snowed in!

    Talk to you Tuesday!


  • Major Blizzard could be top snowmaker for D.C.

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    We are covering a big weather event this weekend that is affecting over 80 million people across the country.  Winter Storm Warnings stretch from the Mississippi River to the Mid-Atlantic.

    For the next 36 hours, the heaviest snow is still expected across the interior Mid-Atlantic and Central Appalachians, where snow totals will likely approach 2 feet, including D.C. and Baltimore, and into southeastern Pennsylvania.

    Some areas, especially west of D.C. and across western Virginia will see more than 2 feet of snow. Totals should taper off to the north of New York City with lower totals north of the city, and higher totals just south and west of the city.  10-18″ is likely in the immediate NYC   The southern coast of New England will see smaller totals, generally in the 3-6″ range.

    Blizzard Warnings are  in effect from northeastern Virginia, through D.C., Baltimore, to New York and Long Island with 30 million within that blizzard warning.

    Wind gusts over 40mph will combine with snow to create whiteout conditions.  Strong onshore winds combined with high tides will cause coastal flooding.

    If we get snow totals of upwards of two feet, that will give Washington, D.C. the top 3 greatest snowfalls of all time.

    We will continue to keep you updated through weekend.  Stay safe everyone!


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.