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  • Several storms hit the West, a rainy Inauguration Friday

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone!

    I hope you will tune into Fox and Friends this morning — we have a wonderful young man named Charlie Warren that will be doing weather with me.  He’s from Liberty, North Carolina and became a big TV star a couple of weeks ago when he was featured on our Fox affiliate.  You will love him!

    We will have plenty to talk about in the weather department this week.   More rain is in the forecast along a frontal boundary draped from the Northeast back into the Southern Plains.

    The south could see flooding issues and scattered thunderstorms through the week.  Meanwhile, temperatures ahead of the front will be warmer than average:

    While cooler temperatures stay in place behind the boundary.  Our big story heading into the weekend is more strong storms from the Pacific crashing into the west bringing heavy rain and big snow totals in the mountains.

    Flooding, rockslides, mudslides and avalanche danger will once again be elevated.

    And temperatures will be warm for Washington D.C. with rain in the forecast for the Inauguration on Friday in the afternoon.

    It could be a lot worse though – here are the weather extremes going back in history for Inauguration Day:

    That’s all for now.  I’m heading to D.C. with the gang this week, so be sure to tune in!


  • Deadly ice storm moves North, and a warm up for the East Coast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good Morning everyone.  Hope you had a restful weekend.  For folks across the Plains and Midwest, a dangerous ice storm brought more than an inch of ice causing power outages, accidents and damage from downed trees.

    The system will continue to bring freezing rain and wintry weather over the Midwest into the Great Lakes Tuesday:

    North of this storm, snow will fall while to the south heavy rain and the threat for severe weather will persist.

    Tomorrow the wintery mix will move into the Northeast.  Meanwhile, a new storm moving into the Pacific Northwest will bring more rain and elevation snow this week.

    Temperatures will warm up for the eastern third of the country this week including D.C for inauguration week with temperatures in the mid 50s.

    Some rain is possible on Friday.

    Have a great day everyone.  Enjoy the holiday if you’ve got the day off.   See you on Fox and Friends!


  • A major ice storm on the way for the Central U.S.

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  We’ve got a big weather story this weekend that needs to be taken very seriously.

    An extensive, widespread, crippling ice storm is likely across the Southern Plains up into the Ohio Valley today through Sunday.

    There is potential for this storm to be devastating with a quarter of an inch to over an inch on roads, trees and power lines which could cause incredible damage and dangerous, impossible travel conditions.

    People that live anywere from Texas towards Virgina need to be on alert for dangerous icy conditions lasting several days.  Meanwhile, heavy snow will be possible north of the boundary from the rockies to the northern plains with flooding rainfall south of the freezing line.

    Here are your forecast highs today–notice the boundary between the very cold and very warm air:

    This is one of the reasons we have this set up for a major ice event this weekend.  Be safe everyone.  Listen to your local weather forecasts and officials for guidance over the next few days.


  • Another round of storms for the west, warm up for the east

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning all!

    A lot of us are wondering what season we’re in – because temperatures are going to be soaring today and tomorrow across the central and eastern U.S.

    A series of storms continue to move into the West with heavy rain and snow over the next few days bringing the risk for flooding and difficult travel.

    Thankfully, drier weather is on the way by week’s end.   As mentioned, warmer temperatures are invading areas from the central to the eastern U.S. with some areas soaring 15-30 degrees above average.

    And we are watching a system that could bring ice and freezing rain to parts of central U.S. Thursday and Friday.  This could be a very damaging storm that could cripple travel for a few days.

    Be safe all!  Have a great day.


  • Extreme rain and snow makes a big impact on the West

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Hope you had a great weekend.  Boy, did we have some big weather happening across the country from southern snow and ice to epic rain and snow across the west.  Every state except Florida has snow cover this morning:

    We could set some record low temperatures before it starts to warm up this week.

    The heavy rain and feet of snow will continue to lash  California and the western U.S. through mid-week.

    Significant flooding is expected in parts of California and western Nevada. Heavy snow will occur in the Sierra and Cascades.  There are concerns of flash flooding, rock and mudslides as well as avalanche danger:

    Meanwhile, another storm will bring snow and ice to the upper Midwest and Great Lakes by Tuesday – eventually pushing into the Northeast Wednesday:

    And the bitter cold air will start to let up this week bringing much warmer air in for the central and eastern U.S:

    Have a great Monday everyone.  See you on Fox and Friends!


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.