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  • 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!


  • Remembering and being grateful.

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Today we honor and express our deep gratitude to all of our Veterans.

    My mom sent me these pictures of my dad a few months ago.  She reminded me how honored he was to serve in the United States Air force.   He joined in Toledo Ohio, trained in Biloxi Mississippi and was stationed in Taiwan and Germany.   I’m proud of him and miss him.

    “In Flanders Fields” was written by A Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.  He wrote it after the funeral of a friend and fellow solider on May 3, 1915.  It is simply one of the most beautiful and powerful poems I have ever read.

    In Flanders fields the poppies grow,
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    To all of you who served, we Thank you.  Today and every day.


  • Here's your "snuggle up forecast!"

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Here comes the “Brrrrrrrrrrr” and some big snow for parts of the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest!  Stay warm everyone…

  • Shhhhhhhh! Don't tell Shannon Bream...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    I can just see Shannon Bream now when I deliver the bad news on America’s News Headquarters tomorrow:

    Next week much of the country will get a big taste of winter in terms of temperatures.  And some folks across the Northern Plains and Midwest need to be “shovel ready!”

    Here’s the deal.    We’ve got an incredibly strong extra tropical system bringing hurricane force winds and 50 foot waves across the Bering Sea.

    This was once a Super Typhoon called Nuri.  It’s now “extra tropical” (having lost all of its warm core tropical characteristics) and will influence our jet stream next week pushing VERY cold air from the Arctic down as far south as Texas.

    Records will be broken with temperatures 20-40 degrees below what they should be this time of year.

    Snow will also fall along the leading edge of this cold air Sunday into Monday.

    A narrow band of 6-12″ is possible from Montana through the Northern Plains into the Upper Midwest.

    It should be mentioned that Florida, the Southwest and California will escape the polar plunge this time around!

    I broke down and brought up all our winter clothes from the basement this morning.   I just hope its not a harbinger of things to come…


  • Consider yourself warned…first big cold outbreak is on its way!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    A picture says a thousand words…and they all mean COLD (if you live across two thirds of the country!)

    Updates to follow!


  • This week's "Power Player" is...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Look who was in town for election coverage…

    And guess what Chris Wallace was reading between his reports on Fox News?  :)

    These are some of my favorite Freddy pictures so far!  :)   Get out and vote everyone!


  • Election weather: Not an excuse to get out and vote!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

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.