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  • Breaking weather records and breaking out the chocolate!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    It’s been a crazy winter to begin with, but with this last storm system, a couple of things happened…

    First up, Chicago:

    And Detroit is now NUMBER ONE for the snowiest season on record:

    We’ll also break some record lows tonight…

    Look at some of the drops in the last 24 hours…

    And because it’s tax day, and we’re in for some snow – I thought it was time to break this out:

    HA!

    There are better days ahead for much of the country as we get closer to Easter.  Here’s a look at your Sunday forecast:

    I suggest a chocolate break for everyone today!

    JD

  • Mother Nature must not like Mondays!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Hope you had a great weekend.  We’ve got another mixed bag of weather this Monday..including record breaking cold and SNOW in some spots!  Eek.  I put away all of our winter coats/clothes last week, so perhaps I jinxed it?  The good news is the snow won’t last long.  The bad news is…it’s the middle of April and we’re expecting snow.  To quote one of my favorite cartoon characters:   “Good grief!”

    So here’s the deal:  A powerful cold front is moving across the eastern half of the U.S:

    And said cold front is triggering all sorts of weather  from severe storms (including the threat for tornadoes) to snow and temperatures behind the front reminiscent of winter.

    The severe storm threat is spread across parts of the lower Mississippi Valley and the Central Gulf Coast states.

    Heavy rain will cause concerns for flash flooding with upwards of 3 inches of rain occurring over the Tennessee Valley.

    Snow will fall behind this cold front from Kansas through Michigan.  1-3 inches is likely with some higher isolated totals possible. 

    It will also snow as far south as the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles as the temperatures plunge drastically as the front moves east. 

    Freeze watches are up for areas as far south as Texas! 

    This system will move east tonight bringing cold air and snow to the Northeast and the threat for severe storms across the eastern Carolinas tomorrow.

    That’s all for now.    Be safe and or bundle up!   I’ll have a look at your Easter forecast tomorrow…so be sure to check in.

    JD

  • CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE POPPIN!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    I’m back from my trip to D.C!  I had a wonderful time.  I had a couple of meetings about my next Freddy the Frogcaster adventure (Freddy and the BIG BLIZZARD)  and attending a wonderful tea for an upcoming event in our Nation’s Capital for the MS Society which I will tell you all about as we get closer to the date.  I also had dinner with Shannon Bream and her wonderful mom who was visiting!  (Check my twitter feed for the pictures!)

    I took several pictures of the Cherry Blossoms in FULL BLOOM…so I thought I would post them for you to enjoy.  It was the most glorious day yesterday.

    Have a great weekend!  I’ll post another OPEN BLOG on Sunday…

    JD

  • Flooding and severe storms for the Gulf...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy weekend everyone!  It really is starting to look and feel like spring (finally) across the country. 

    And, I’m grateful to say that for the most part, weather is pretty quiet this weekend, however there are a few areas we need to watch closely:

    We’ve got heavy rain and the potential for severe weather across the South and Southeast on Sunday.   Widespread rainfall of 2-4″ will bring localized flooding.

    Strong to severe thunderstorms are also a threat.  

    The storms continue Monday across the Southeast Gulf Coast and into the Carolinas.  

    Meanwhile, another system moving into the Northwest  will keep rain and snow in the forecast this weekend:

    Calmer weather is in store for the new workweek in this region.

    Enjoy your weekend everyone!  I am on my ways outside to get some sunshine…

    JD

  • Severe weather outbreak this week!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi all!

    Wanted to update you on the possibility of a significant severe weather outbreak starting tomorrow through Friday that will potentially affect the Plains, the Mississippi Valley and the Midwest. 

    Large hail, damaging winds and several tornadoes are very possible. 

    On the cold side of the storm heavy snow could pile up over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. 

    One of the main ingredients we need for a severe weather outbreak is a pretty potent cold front with warm unstable air ahead of it.  Look at the temperature contrast tomorrow:

    And here’s the region we typically look to for the threat of strong to severe storms during the month of April:

    Meanwhile, unsettled weather continues over the west with more rain and mountain snow from Washington state down into central and southern California (a good news story for California), however the mudslide and rockslide threat will remain high for the heavily saturated region of the Northwest.

    Have a great (and safe) rest of the week!

    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.