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  • No April Foolin'! More snow!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    We had another quick snowstorm this morning across the Northeast that brought thundersnow AND five inches of snow over Long Island.  This was me at around 730 am waiting for the LIRR!

    Grrr.  I’ll have another weather update tomorrow.  More snow and maybe tornadoes on Wednesday.  Stay tuned!

    JD

  • Heavy rain, snow, a possible blizzard and tornadoes!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Well, we’re wrapping up March with a lot of weather across much of the country.

    Our first storm is mainly east of the Mississippi  Valley with a mixed bag of weather in store for this region.  We have the threat for severe storms for Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.  

    A tornado watch is in effect for parts of Central Florida until 5pm local time.

    Meanwhile, snow will fall across parts of the Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast.  Some areas could receive upwards of 5 inches of new snow. 

    Widespread rain will spread over the Northeast.  Some areas could get 3 inches or more creating flooding issues: 

    Unsettled weather continues for the Northwest down into Central California where the risk for mudlsides and landslides continues…

    This is especially trying for rescue crews in Oso, Washington with the tragic landslide from last weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and those who continue to try and find those who are still missing.

    Meanwhile, some of the energy from the west is going to spread eastward and bring a potential blizzard for the Northern Plains and Midwest this week!

    So, as you can see lots of things to keep us weather folks busy this weekend and early next week.  And just an early heads-up, we could have a tornado outbreak midweek across the Central U.S.  This is the region that we typically see severe weather during the month of March:

    And thankfully,  we’ve had a very quiet tornado season thus far.  Things could change, though in the next few weeks, so be prepared, and stay safe!

    Talk to you soon!    Have a wonderful weekend.

    JD

  • Mainly a miss for this incredibly strong Nor'Easter

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Monday everyone!

    First off, prayers to all those involved in that massive and tragic mudslide in Washington State.    More than 100 people are still listed as missing.

    Rainfall in this region has been relentless, although this area has been known for mudslides with one that happened  8 years ago.  The stories are heartbreaking, and it looks like more unsettled weather continues for this region over the next few days for the search and rescue efforts.

    For yet another week, cold air is invading much of the country.  We broke records around the New York and Connecticut airports:

    And we could have a hard freeze for parts of the Deep South Tuesday night:

    A clipper from the Midwest will spread snow into parts of the Northern Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Midatlantic tonight.  Generally 1-3 inches will fall with colder air being pulled southward.

    This clipper combined with a low from the Gulf of Mexico will bring a significant Nor’Easter to the region on Tuesday. 

    Right now it appears the worst of the storm will be off-shore which is good news because this is by far the strongest system of the season, and with a pressure drop of 46 millibars in just 24 hours, this could be one of the strongest winter storms ever recorded.  It could come close enough to bring blizzard conditions to eastern Massachusetts, and Atlantic Canada need to be on high alert.  Winds could be over 100 mph at the height of this beast.

    Meanwhile, rain will be on and off for the Gulf Coast.  Tonight an area of low pressure comes out of the Gulf of Mexico and moves across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.  Some snow could mix in across the Carolinas as this Low moves offshore and combines with another system from the North to bring us our Nor’Easter.

    If details change, we’ll be sure to let you know!

    Be safe everyone

    JD

  • Late March Nor'Easter and weather across the Indian Ocean

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We’re watching the weather very closely as the search continues for the missing jet from two weeks ago in the southern Indian Ocean.   This is such a heart breaking story, and unfortunately, the only leads they have are from satellite images showing possible debris in the ocean.  This area is so remote, we barely have any information to help us forecast weather.  Here’s a look at where we have weather buoys, and notice there are NONE in the location where the search continues.

    So we go on satellite information where we’ve had a day or two of relatively calm weather conditions, but there are several storms that will move through bringing rain, wind and large waves that will certainly make things difficult if not impossible for search crews.

    Meanwhile, we are also watching ANOTHER winter storm that will bring the potential for a very strong nor’easter. 

    The exact track, and how much snow/rain/wind will fall is still very uncertain.  Here are two of our forecast models, and as you can see there is quite a bit of disagreement.

    We’ll keep watching it, and I’ll have a better handle on the forecast tomorrow if you live in the Northeast or New England…stay tuned!

    JD

  • St. Patrick's Day SNOW for D.C?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone! 

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we’ve got MORE WINTER WEATHER on the way this weekend and next week!

    My good pal Shannon Bream’s reaction last weekend is perfect for this next winter storm…(Although, I think she’s currently on vacation somewhere warm – lucky gal!)

    This March storm will bring snow and a wintry mix (imcluding possible freezing rain) for the Midwest and Tennesse River Valley on Sunday

    …and then the Midatlantic through Monday:

    Washington D.C could see several inches of new snow for the Monday morning commute!

    Cold air behind the system will drop temperatures 20 to 30 degrees in just a matter of hours.  

    Meanwhile, where the weather is warmer, severe storms could pop up as a cold front slices through.   Damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes are possible for Texas and along the Northern Gulf Coast. 

    And for our friends in the Northwest, more rain and mountain snow will move in on Sunday.

    We are looking forward to the first day of spring this week (Wednesday, March 20th) but I don’t think Mother Nature has gotten the memo yet!

    Stay warm, 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.