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  • Snowstorm for the first day of Spring?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Happy Friday to everyone.  Wanted to write a quick post about the possibility of a springtime snowstorm on Sunday/Monday.  This forecast is tricky.  Last night computer models were showing big snow totals.  Here’s what they look like today:

    It’s possible we could see these totals go up or down over the next 24/48 hours, so check back here tomorrow.  And, no, this is not a rarity.  It’s just been such a slow snow season it feels weird to get a snowstorm so late in the season.

    I’ll give you the latest totals tomorrow morning!


  • Severe storms could affect Super Tuesday States

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Monday everyone.  Hope you had a great weekend.

    It’s a soggy wet start to the workweek here in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic as a system moves through the region.  A few isolated strong storms are possible from the Central Appalachians through Southern Virginia and the Carolinas.

    Hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado are possible.

    Tomorrow a system swinging through the Midwest and Great Lakes will bring stormy weather:

    A few severe storms are possible across Illinois and late in the evening for western Ohio (where primaries are being held)  This won’t be anything near an outbreak of severe weather, but a few storms may have hail, strong winds, and an isolated tornado.

    Weather will be calm across Missouri, North Carolina, and Florida, thank goodness.

    Have a wonderful Monday everyone.  I think I need an extra cup of coffee.  Daylight Savings is kicking my behind today!


  • Major flooding for the South and West, and don't forget...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone,

    I hope you’re having a great weekend.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead tonight for Daylight Savings:

    We’ve had over two feet of rain fall over parts of the south, and while the worst of the flooding has shifted east, pockets of locally heavy rain is possible after shattering March rainfall records in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.

    There’s also the threat of severe weather tomorrow over some of these areas:

    Flood watches and warnings are still posted across the region:

    The West will be unsettled as several systems move into the Coast bringing rain and mountain snow:

    And mild weather is expected to continue for the Eastern US at least until Monday.

    Have a great weekend everyone!  Be weather safe.


  • Busy pattern across the West, severe storms for the Central U.S.

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry for the delay!  I took a few days off last week and was in DC this weekend with my friend Shannon Bream!   Check out our adventures on Twitter and Facebook :)

    It certainly isn’t quiet on the Weather Front!  We’ve got a busy  pattern across the West with heavy snow and rain as a system moves inland.

    And this is not the last of the unsettled weather.  We’ve got more storms pushing in later this week and into the weekend.

    Several days of severe storms are in store for the Plains and southern Mississippi River Valley:

    Large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are most likely from Texas into Oklahoma.

    The threat tomorrow shifts east slightly to eastern Texas, and the ArkLaTex region.

    And in the good news file, temperatures will be unseasonably mild  across the Plains and Midwest, with temperatures 10-25 degrees above average.

    This warmth will shift toward the East coast through midweek. Look at these awesome temperatures Wednesday!

    Another update tomorrow.  Hope you’re all doing great!


  • Severe weather possible for Super Tuesday

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy weekend everyone!

    We’ve got a  pretty quiet Sunday underway.  Some accumulating snow/ice is possible from the northern Great Lakes to northern New England into Monday:

    A storm moving out of the Northern Rockies will make a trek across the Midwest and Northeast this week bringing rain/snow and possible severe weather for the Southern U.S. this week.

    A look ahead to Super Tuesday March 1st:  Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Northwestern Alabama will want to watch the forecast for strong to severe thunderstorms that could potentially affect voter turnout.

    We’ll be watching this for the next few days along with a couple of East Coast storms that could affect travel.  Stay tuned!


  • Quiet weekend. Storm(s) next week?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    We’ve got a quiet weather wise… which is great for voters and caucus-goers today in Nevada and South Carolina.

    South Carolina will be partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the 65-70 degree range, which is 5-10 degrees warmer than average.

    Nevada will also see seasonable temperatures across the state with party cloudy skies.

    Temperatures across much of the country will be above average today and into the weekend.

    Highs from the Plains to the Ohio River Valley will be 20-25 degrees above average tomorrow, with slightly less mild temperatures across the Plains and Midwest by Sunday.

    Coastal rain and mountain snow continues for the Pacific Northwest this weekend.

    We’ll be watching for a potential storm to affect the Eastern Seaboard next week with rain wind and snow as well as the threat for severe weather across the South.

    There’s a lot of time for changes, so just keep an eye on your local forecasts next week! (and of course I’ll continue to keep you posted here!)

    Have a great weekend!


  • Wintry mess for the East, tornadoes across the Gulf Coast...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    I hope you had a great weekend despite the extreme cold in the Northeast for Valentines day. Take a look at these record low temperatures:

    Now, while temperatures across the East are quickly rebounding, a wintry mix of precipitation and heavy rain will spread across the East.

    Heavier snow is possible across the Appalachians and downwind of the Great Lakes.  Freezing rain and ice is also a big issue through tonight:

    Watches and warnings are in effect for millions:

    As temperatures rise, a transition to steady and heavy rain later tonight into Tuesday may also cause flash flooding, especially across Pennsylvania and the Northeast.

    Meanwhile, south of the wintry weather, severe storms are possible along the Central Gulf Coast. We’ve got tornado watches right now with already confirmed tornadoes.  Please listen to your local weather stations for the latest information, and know what to do when and if a tornado is on the ground.

    Be safe everyone!


  • The coldest air of the season will set records tomorrow morning!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Arctic air will be the big story across the Midwest/Great Lakes and northeastern U.S. through the weekend.

    This will be the coldest weather so far this season with low temperature records being set and  wind chills dropping to -30 even -40 .

    Actual temperatures will have highs in the single digits and teens, and subzero lows across much of upstate New York and New England

    We’re also going to watch a messy storm this weekend starting across the Midwest that could bring freezing rain, ice and accumulating snow for the Ohio Valley/Midatlantic.

    The timing, track and how much ice and snow is still yet to be determined, so those across the regions need to be paying close attention to their local weather forecasts.

    Be safe everyone, and Happy Valentines Day!


  • Several storms impacting the Northeast this week

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone.  Happy Monday.

    Well, we had it easy for the first half of winter, and now the Northeast is getting socked with several systems this month.

    We have a powerful coastal low bringing snow and wind across the region.

    The heaviest snow is piling up over the eastern half of Long Island and southeastern New England, where generally 6-12″ is expected through tomorrow morning.

    Southeastern Massachusetts will likely see the heaviest snow with isolated totals over 12″.  Wind gusts over 50mph are also likely across southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod through tonight, where blizzard warnings are posted.

    Meanwhile, snow showers will move across the Great Lakes and Midwest with a Clipper system, but strong winds will be the bigger issue from Minnesota into Iowa.   Wind gusts to 50mph will cause blizzard conditions, especially from southern Minnesota to central Iowa through this evening.

    New Hampshire will miss out on the heaviest of the snow and wind today, with 4-8″ possible across the extreme southeastern and coastal portions of the state.  Lesser totals are likely farther north and west, where 3-5″ is likely.  Lighter snow showers will continue Tuesday and Wednesday, with a few additional inches of accumulation possible over those days.  We don’t think this will cause too many issues for the primary tomorrow.

    That’s all for now.  We’re hoping for a much calmer weather pattern midweek for much of the country.  Hope you’re all doing great!


  • Severe weather outbreak likely tonight!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!
    Another big weather day across the country as the blizzard moves north and east, and we get set for the threat of a severe weather outbreak this afternoon.Heavy snow and wind will continue across the Plains and Midwest bringing whiteout conditions and an additional 6-12″+ of snow.Blizzard Warnings remain posted from Nebraska into Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.On the southern side of this same system, severe weather will develop today through tonight across the Mississippi River Valley, Ohio River Valley, and into the Southeast.Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are possible.  The best chance for strong tornadoes will be from Mississippi through Alabama, Tennessee, into Kentucky and southern Indiana.If you live in any of these areas, please pay close attention to your local weather forecasts and keep your NOAA weather radios on overnight.

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.