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  • Alert: Strong to severe storms this weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    I had an AMAZING time in D.C. last week.   I was the keynote speaker for the Women on the Move luncheon for the DC chapter of the National MS Society.  I also got to meet some of my colleagues in our DC offices, and hang out with one of my good friends Shannon Bream who was an amazing hostess.  You can check out all the pictures (There are a lot of them!) on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page!

    Unfortunately, we have the threat for some strong storms this weekend from Texas through the Central Plains.  Large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are possible.

    Tomorrow the threat shifts to the Middle and Lower Mississippi River Valley, with an increased threat for large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes, especially across Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

    Rain will continue to the heavy at time this weekend along the Gulf Coast.  Areas have seen 6-10″ of rain in the past week, and any additional rain will increase the flooding threat.

    It’s cold enough for some spring snow across the Rockies as well!

    I hope you all have a fun weekend.  It is BEAUTIFUL here in New York City.  I may have to get out and “investigate” the weather :)

    JD

  • Heavy rain across the South, #TBT and OpED!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone.  Happy Sunday!

    A lot to blog about today.  Let’s start with weather:

    We had a rough week last week with severe weather.  Devastating tornadoes ripped through the heartland and left so much destruction and, tragically, we lost lives.  Today, we have a risk of strong to severe thunderstorms later this afternoon over parts of the Southern Plains up into the Midwest.  Stronger storms could fire up over south Texas – but we’re not expecting a severe outbreak.  Mainly large hail and damaging winds, so please be safe!

    Heavy rain will fall across the Southern Plains and Deep South. Widespread amounts of 1-3 inches is possible by Tuesday morning with locally heavy rain leading to flooding issues.

    Cooler weather is expected for the Rockies and Great Basin.  Rain and mountain snow showers are expected across the Pacific Northwest.

    And in the good news department, the Northeast is FINALLY feeling like spring this weekend!

    In other news, Yours truly was the focus of the Foxnews Insider’s posts with some of my #throwbackthursday pics.  Take a look HERE

    And, more personally, I wrote an OpEd on Friday focusing in on celebrity weight gain, and how I’ve dealt with my own struggle of being heavy.  It was a tough essay to write because of the shame I’ve felt over the years, but I’ve received so much incredible encouragement, I no longer feel alone in my struggle.  Let me know what you think.  You can go HERE to read it.

    Have a wonderful week.  I’m off to DC for a Women on the Move Luncheon on Wednesday which I will tell you all about.  You can check it out HERE

    Talk to you soon!

    JD

  • Severe weather outbreak tomorrow through Thursday

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We’re expecting a multi-day severe weather outbreak this week, so if you live across the Central U.S.  please be prepared, and on alert.

    Here’s the deal:  we’ve got a storm system moving into the West bringing widespread rain and snow to the region, including across Central and Southern California.  Higher elevations in the Sierra will see 1-2 feet of new snow.

    As energy moves out of the West and into the Plains tomorrow and Thursday, we’re in for many hours of severe storms from the Plains into the Midwest and eventually the Mississippi River Valley.  Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are expected.

    If you live in these areas, keep your NOAA weather radio on, and listen for the latest storm alerts.

    Be safe!

    JD

  • Easter Bonnets or Winter Hats?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!  Happy Easter weekend!

    Well, as it has been for most of the winter, we’re looking at an unseasonably cold, wet and (snowy!) start of the weekend for parts of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and  Northeast.  Locally heavy snow could be in store for Northern New England!  NOOOOOOOOOOO!

    If it makes you feel any better, where I’m from (Ottawa, Canada) it can snow through the month of MAY.  I remember a few Mother’s Day weekend where we had some snow on the ground!

    Showers and thunderstorms will pop up across the Southern Plains and through Mississippi Valley on Sunday.

    More active, potentially severe weather will set up next week for the Central U.S.  This is the time of year where we see tornadoes, and so far it’s been very quiet.  Here’s where we are so far:

    This week we could have a severe weather outbreak, so be alert if you live across the Plains.  Here’s the area we typically see the threat for tornadoes in April:

    Below average temperatures and unsettled weather is in store for the West through Northern California, the Great Basin and the Rockies.  The good news here is wet weather will push in as far south as Southern California later this week.  They are in dire need of rain and snow in this region.

    And here’s a couple of forecasts for your Easter Egg Hunts around the country:

    I hope the Easter Bunny is good to all of your families.  Have a wonderful weekend!

    JD

  • NO MORE WINTER!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Well, the Great Lakes, Midwest, Northeast is still into winter…we might even get snow for the Easter Weekend.  UGH!   This is how I feel about that:

    We’ve had record breaking heat across the West, and the threat for severe storms (mainly large hail and damaging winds with an isolated tornado or two) over the next few days.   Be aware if you live in these regions (today):

    Here’s the risk tomorrow:

    and Thursday:

    Be safe 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.