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  • 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!


  • 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!


  • Record cold, heavy snow and tornadoes?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    A busy Monday for many people across the U.S with all sorts of nasty stuff to deal with!

    Lets start with the snow.   Generally 1-4 inches is falling across the Ohio Valley.  Some areas could get 6 inches, and after the system exits the East Coast, behind it, cold air will pass over the warmer waters of the great lakes and bring big snow totals mid week (1 to 3 FEET downwind of Erie and Ontario…)

    The arctic chill in moving east and will bring the coldest air of the season for the East Coast and Midatlantic.  Record lows are possible for the eastern Plains through the Ohio Valley down into the Southeast.

    On the warmer side of the storm, strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible across the Southeast including isolated tornadoes.

    And across the west, Santa Ana winds will persist for another day.  Temperatures will be warm, and with breezy conditions and low humidity, the fire danger will be high.

    Hope you’re all doing well, and staying safe!

    Talk to you soon.


  • Novem-brrrrrrrrr!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Weekend All!

    It has certainly been a November to remember in terms of incredibly cold snowy weather.  This weekend is no exception for much of the country.  If you live across the Southwest and South Florida you’re sitting pretty!

    Snow is falling across the Plains and Midwest today. Most locations seeing light accumulations, however some isolated spots could get  3-6″  especially near the Great lakes.

    Rain and some snow will also develop tomorrow into Monday from Oklahoma to the Ohio Valley.  Snow will also be generally light here, as most areas to the south will remain warm enough for rain.

    The next arctic blast moves into the U.S. early next week.  This will bring the coldest air of the season to the Northeast, Ohio Valley, and Mid-Atlantic.

    More incredibly cold temperatures are on the way for the Northern and Central Plains Monday and Tuesday:

    Thankfully, temperatures will begin to moderate later on in the week!

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  • Freddy goes on the road to Alexandria, Virginia!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Friday, friends!

    Wanted to share some pictures of my adventures yesterday in Alexandria, Virginia!  I visited Immanuel Lutheran School and read Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard to the AMAZING children and staff who made me feel right at home.

    We then hopped across the river and went into D.C. to see my friend Jennifer Wishon of CBN News.  That was such great fun also.

    There was  plenty to talk about especially with all of this cold weather and snow in the forecast!

    I’ll post a full forecast update shortly.  Have a great weekend 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.