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  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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!



    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All

    Sorry for the delay.  Hope you’re all doing well.  I’ll have another post later this week.  Until then, feel free to use this OPEN BLOG this to chat!  Tomorrow is the first day of SPRING!  (At least on the calendar it will be!)


  • 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!


  • Shannon Bream does not like snow...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I had a great moment on air with Shannon Bream this weekend when we were talking about this next winter storm.  Her reaction was priceless.  I saw her out of the corner of my eye in one of the monitors (since she is in D.C, and I only see myself in the camera), and the image says it all:

    Even though many of the big cities will escape this next system, just the mere thought of more snow has a lot of people putting their head in their hands!  So funny.  By the way, Shannon Bream is one of the nicest, sweetest, and smartest people on the planet.  I adore her.

    So, lets start with the good news.  We’ve got a nice warm up for much of the country today!

    This new storm will bring generally light snow across the Midwest, with moderate snow developing later tonight over the southern and eastern Great Lakes. 

    Winter Storm Warnings are posted tonight through tomorrow morning for the Chicago area, where 4-8” of snow is possible (and they could move into the top 3 spot for snowiest seasons on record!)

    Tomorrow through tomorrow night, the Northeast will see rain and rain/snow mix along the coast, where temperatures will remain too warm for all-snow.  

    The heavy snow will fall across the interior.  Winter Storm Watches and Warnings are in effect for Upstate NY and northern New England, where 1-2+ feet is possible.

    Meanwhile, a system across the Northern and Central Rockies will spread mountain snow across the region, where up to a foot is expected. 

    I think much of the country is ready for spring to officially kick in.  Am I right?   I certainly am!


  • Spring Fever (for a few days at least!)

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone! 

    For the first time in a long time, there’s a little good news to celebrate on the “weather front”.   Much of the country will enjoy a warm up  especially for parts of the Midwest where they have been trapped in a deep freeze for weeks!  Whoo hoo! 

    For today, we’ve got a weak  cold front spreading rain and or snow showers over the Great Lakes and Ohio valley.   While another batch of rain and mountain snow moves into the Northwest and northern California through tonight. 

    Looking ahead, unfortunately, winter isn’t over yet as we are tracking the potential for another snowstorm midweek for the Midwest through the Northeast. 

    Stay tuned. 

    And don’t forget to set those clocks ahead! 

    At least that’s a sign that spring is around the corner (even if we lose an extra hour of sleep, we gain more wonderful daylight!)

    Have a great weekend everyone!



    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy Wednesday.  Thought I would open things up here for chatting. Have a great rest of the week!

  • Fox and Friends help raise awareness for MS!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I had a wonderful weekend here in NYC!  As you know I hosted the MS Society’s Climb to the Top to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis on Sunday.  What an amazing event full of inspiring people.  Over a thousand people came out to the event, and we raised close to a million dollars to help with research and finding a cure to this unpredictable and sometimes debilitating disease.

    Fox and Friends were amazing to help spread the word.  Here are a couple of videos from Sunday and this morning talking about the event, and my life leaving with MS:

    And here’s one of the “selfies” I took after the interview:

    This is the interview I did on the weekend after the event:

    I took over the curvy couch here:

    And some photos from the Climb (I did not climb the 66 flights of stairs myself – that would’ve taken about a week for me to complete!)  But to those who did, I am grateful beyond words.

    Have a wonderful week everyone!


  • Winter Storm Angry

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    As you know, I’ve decided to name the next few winter storms.  This one is winter storm Angry  (to co-inside with some of the tempers that are flaring with more snow in the forecast.  HA!)

    Now, it’s not all bad news in the weather department.   The storms in California are bringing much needed rain and snow: 

    While this won’t be a drought-buster, they’ve received almost as much rain as last year in just a matter of hours!

    Unfortunately, flooding and mudslides are a big threat with the potential for isolated tornadoes.  Flash flooding will occur across the burn and desert areas.  Up to two feet of  snow is possible over the mountains.

    Energy from the storm across the Southwest will bring a significant snow and ice storm over the Plains, Mississippi and Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, the Midatlantic and Northeast. 

    A wide swath of the country will see 6-12 inches of snow from this system, and accumulating ice in the areas you see shaded in pink:

    Sunday into Monday the Northeast/Midatlantic will get plowed by the Winter Storm (Angry) across the Plains. Significant snow is possible for NYC, Philly, and possibly D.C. 

    We’ll have to fine tune the forecast because as of this writing, the forecast models are showing the system moving a little more to the south which means areas south of NYC could get big snow totals.

    It will be a busy next few days in the weather center.  And tune in to Fox and Friends tomorrow morning if you can – I’ll be talking about the event I’m emceeing tomorrow for the MS Society!  Over a thousand people will be climbing 65 flights of stairs to bring awareness to the disease for the “Climb to the Top of Rockefeller Center”  Next week is MS Awareness week, so this is a great way to kick things off!

    Talk to you all tomorrow!


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.