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  • Travel Weather

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!  Getting ready for our big holiday this week, and of course a lot of people will be traveling.  There’s a few areas of concern I want to focus on starting with the system moving across the West.  That storm is going to spread heavy mountain snow and valley rain.

    Winter Storm watches and warnings are up from the Sierra in Northern California to Montana.    We also have the potential for blizzard conditions in Wyoming.

    Late Wednesday into Thursday as this system across the West slowly moves towards the Plains, scattered thunderstorms and rain will develop from the Southern Plains to the Midwest.  Some snow will also move into the Northern Plains.

    Thursday things get messy with the chance for a wintry mix and even frozen precipitation over the central US.  Stay weather aware if your travelling especially in the afternoon hours on Thanksgiving.

    Meanwhile, the East Coast is under high pressure and will see dry conditions and warmer temperatures over the next few days.  The weather will be beautiful for the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Be safe.


  • First snow of the season and a peek at Thanksgiving weather!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    The first big snowstorm that brought up to a foot and a half of snow to the Northern Plains continues to bring heavy snow over the Central Great Lakes.  Look at these totals:

    Another 4-8 inches is possible from northern Illinois to central Michigan.

    A strong cold front  is bringing some of the coldest air as far south as the Gulf Coast.

    Freeze warnings are posted from Texas to Alabama.

    And with a big travel day coming up here’s a sneak peek at your Thanksgiving eve forecast:

    Looks like more snow on the way for the Rockies, Midwest.  Some thunderstorms and rough weather could be on the way for the Southern Plains while the East Coast looks fantastic:

    Talk to you Monday!


  • First big snow for the Midwest

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    Happy Friday everyone.

    The big story is the snow for the Northern Plains/Midwest today through tomorrow.    Winter Storm Warnings are posted from northeastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota, through Iowa, and into northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.  4-8″ of snow, with locally higher amounts are possible.

    Tomorrow the snow will continue falling across Michigan, where Winter Storm Watches are posted.

    Strong winds across much of the Plains and Midwest will create blustery conditions, especially tomorrow as temperatures drop in the wake of the system.

    I’ll be in tomorrow to give you more details, but for now, Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend.


  • Powerful storm system brings rain, snow and possible tornadoes

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    An update on our western storm that is bringing heavy rain and mountain snow.   Several inches of rain will fall over the Northwest and then into the Plains Monday and Tuesday.

    Over a foot of snow will fall over the Cascades, the Sierra and then into the Wasatch and Colorado Rockies tomorrow.

    The energy from this system will then move into the Plains tomorrow.  Strong to severe storms are possible over the Southern Plains including tornadoes:

    Tuesday the system will push across the Mississippi River Valley.  Heavy rain, strong winds, hail and a few tornadoes are possible.

    There will be cooler temperatures behind the system, and warmer air ahead of it.  We’ll be monitoring the system and will keep you updated.

    Be weather aware if you live across the areas mentioned.


  • Major storm system across the West

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  The news is terrible in Paris.  There truly are no words to describe the horror that has taken place.  My prayers to all the families and loved ones who are in pain or mourning.  To the first responders who risked their lives to save others.  God Bless them.  Sean and I had our honeymoon in Paris.  It is a truly magical city.  Paris, je t’aime.

    We do have weather news that will affect much of the country this weekend and this week.

    More heavy rain and mountain snow for the Pacific Northwest.  2-6 inches of rain will be common through Sunday evening with higher amounts locally through the mountains.

    1-2 feet of snow will spread across Cascades then into the Sierra and Intermountain West range Sunday.

    Cooler temperatures move into the East with rain and snow for the Great Lakes and into the Interior Northeast. Temperatures will be 5-10 degrees below average for much of the eastern US Saturday.

    Meanwhile, temperatures across the Plains will be warmer than average:

    This system will push in Central U.S. this week and possibly bring severe storms to the Southern Plains Monday and Tuesday:

    That’s all for now.  Hug the ones you love.


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.