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  • Much needed rain for California!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    Hope you all made it home after Thanksgiving wherever you were celebrating!

    We have a quieter weather pattern for much of the country with exception parts of the Northeast and California.   We’re got a mixture of freezing rain, sleet, and snow from the eastern Ohio Valley to the Appalachians, and across the interior Northeast.

    Winter weather and freezing rain advisories are up for many cities:

    A system moving into California will bring rain as far south as L.A. and San Diego over the next few days.

    Flood Watches are posted across Southern California and heavy snow will also fall across the Sierra Nevada.

    Despite the risk for flooding and mudslides, this is excellent news for California since much of the state is into severe/exceptional drought.

    Hope you’re all doing well.  My kids are begging me to put up some Christmas decorations, so that’s what I will be doing the rest of the week!

    Have a great Tuesday,  see you again soon!

    JD

  • Quiet weather for the weekend...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.  We shared it with friends here in New York, and had one of the best years ever.   I see the holiday Christmas lights are going up around the city, and we’re getting into such a magical season!

    I do have some good news to report in the weather department.  After that disruptive storm on Wednesday, we’re in for quieter travel weather for those heading home this weekend.   A brief warm up will be a nice change for most of the U.S:

    With exception to the Northern Plains and Northern Rockies, where an arctic cold front is pushing southward.  Very cold air along with some snow will plunge into the plains over the next few days.

    There will be spotty showers across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley ahead of the next cold front.

    The West Coast is in for some much needed rain and mountain snow.  Most of the wet weather will move into Northern and Central California.

    And here’s your travel forecast for Sunday:

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

    JD

  • Thanksgiving Eve travel...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    On the busiest travel day of the year, we’ve got a coastal low strengthening as it moves up the East Coast today, spreading rain and snow from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast.  Airport delays have been pretty awful across this region…

    The heaviest snow will fall across the interior, with some locations seeing 6-12” of snow.  Along the coast, just a slushy inch or two, but winds across the region will slow airport travel with gusts of over 40 mph.  Most of the snow will end tonight  with clear, chilly and breezy conditions in the wake of the storm.

    A system moving through the Midwest will also bring generally light snow from Minnesota southward to Iowa and Illinois.  Snow will fall over the The Northern Rockies and western High Plains, Flood Watches are posted for the Pacific Northwest as heavy rain moves through the region.

    Thankfully, the storm should be out of the way by Thanksgiving, and the Macy’s parade should get those balloons off the ground.

    If you’re traveling Sunday, conditions will be much improved!

    And finally, I wanted to share what Theodore made for me in school:

    My heart is full.  I’m so blessed.

    I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are blessed with good family and friends on this special holiday.   (Not to mention some yummy food too!)

    Much love,

    JD

  • Snow melt in Buffalo, major storm to impact Thanksgiving travel

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Here we go.  The busiest travel week of the year, and if you are on the roads or in the air, you need to pay close attention to the forecast.

    For now, the east coast is feeling some pretty amazing spring-like temperatures.   Rapid snow melt in Buffalo is causing  flooding and roof collapse concerns unfortunately.

    Colder air on the way will slow the snow melt down a bit, but there’s more snow on the way this week.

    Meanwhile, a system across the Northwest and Northern Rockies will spread more snow and rain across the region.

    And tomorrow-Wednesday we’ll be monitoring a coastal low tracking up the East Coast.

    The exact track, how much snow/rain and the intensity of the storm is still in question, but for now, snow is likely across the interior Northeast, with rain and snow also falling along the coast.

    How close the low tracks to the coast will determine snow, rain, and wind impacts.   My best advice is if you are travelling Wednesday you may need to re-think your plans now if you live along the 1-95 corridor.

    Thursday looks much improved as the storm will hopefully exit quickly.

    The Macy’s Day Parade should be fine, but we’ll keep a watchful eye on the wind speeds.

    A full update tomorrow!

    JD

  • Warm up for the East, flood concerns for Buffalo and Thanksgiving travel troubles...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Sorry for the blog delay this week.  I had a horrible cold that turned into an even meaner sinus infection.   UGH.  It was a rough couple of days, but I’m on the mend – just in time to warn people of an upcoming coastal storm that could delay millions of people this busiest travel week of the year…

    Let’s get to it!

    The good news is the eastern half of the country will have a brief warm-up today and tomorrow possibly breaking some high temperature records.   However, the big warm up and the threat for rain could melt the record snow that fell along the Great Lakes this past week causing major flooding issues.

    Flash flood watches and warnings are up for the Buffalo area where they received  7 (!!) feet of snow this past week.

    A system across the South (helping to pump all that warm air/moisture northward) will bring a slight risk of severe thunderstorms from the Central Gulf into the Eastern Carolinas.

    Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible:

    The mountains across the West are going to get heavy mountain snow over the next 48 hours, and part of that system is going to travel across the country and bring some energy to generate our next system that will possibly impact millions of people along the East coast midweek!

    Yes,  we’re watching a potential coastal storm that could impact Thanksgiving travel significantly  Wednesday and Thursday.

    The exact track, timing and the strength of the storm is still uncertain, so we’ll certainly keep you up to date over the next few days.  I’ll have another full update tomorrow.

    Take care 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.