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  • Flood waters continue to rise and crest at record levels

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    We have a terrible situation unfolding along the Mississippi River.  Major flooding continues along the river and its tributaries with record crests in several locations.

    Floodwaters will move downstream over the next few weeks with significant river flooding for the lower Mississippi valley into mid-January.  This is a slow moving disaster for thousands of residents, and something we’ll continue to cover.  If there is any good news, there are no major storms on the horizon which means no additional water until at least the middle of next week.  Olive Branch Illinois has several levee breaches right now with many residents evacuating their homes.

    Meanwhile, Lake effect snow continues downwind of the Great Lakes. A lingering front across South Florida will bring rain across that area along with showers for the Gulf Coast States through Sunday.  Several storms will be moving into the West Coast next week with beneficial rain for So Cal.

    I hope you all had a great New Year’s Day.   Another update on Monday.  Be safe everyone.

    JD

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy New Year from my family to yours!  Here’s to a wonderful, healthy, safe 2016

    (photo drawn by Theodore!)

    JD

  • Flood waters rising as we wrap up the year

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    It’s been quite a week of historic weather.  From tornadoes to snow to ice and freezing rain and flooding.    A lot of records were broken, and the flood waters continue to rise across parts of the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.   Thankfully, the worst is over.  Unfortunately we have many people across the country that are left homeless because of this weeks storm.

    Snow and heavy rain has ended over much of the US, however flooding and/or the threat for flooding will persist from Oklahoma to Illinois.

    Many rivers across the Midwest are out of their banks and impacting thousands of individuals. Several locations along the Mississippi River are anticipating major flooding, possibly record flood levels:

    The final gasp of the storm is still producing a mixture of snow/sleet/freezing rain over New England.   Northern New England could receive 12 to 18 inches.

    There is some good news.  As we head into the New Year, weather will be quiet for the most part.  I’ll leave you with some New Years Eve Forecasts, and wish all of you a happy, safe start to 2016. Prayers to all those who have suffered this week because of this horrible storm.  Much love to you and your families.

    JD

  • Risk of tornadoes again tonight

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    What a terrible last 24 hours for our friends in Texas.  Several strong, long lasting twisters tore through North Texas and carved a path of destruction for miles.  The National Weather service is still assessing the damage but they have determined one EF4 and another EF 3 tornado have touched down near Garland Texas.  The damage is heartbreaking, so your prayers and thoughts are needed for those who are suffering right now.

    As far as the next 24 hours goes, there’s a variety of dangerous weather across a huge section of the country.  In terms of severe weather, another round of large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes  are possible  over the south central US although the tornado risk will be less of a threat on Monday.

    Heavy snow will pile up across the Southern Rockies into the Upper Midwest.

    Blizzard conditions are possible over New Mexico, North Texas into Oklahoma and Kansas.

    Freezing rain/ice will also be an issue over the southern Plains up into the Great Lakes with some areas seeing ¼ inch to half an inch of ice possible.

    Heavy rain and flash flooding is possible from the Southern Plains into the Mid-Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley.

    Meanwhile, another storm moves into the Northwest and Northern California through Monday with more heavy rain and snow across the interior.

    Just wanted to keep everyone up to date on the weather since it is on everyone’s mind today.

    Be safe.

    JD

  • Major winter storm taking shape this weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.   A lot of folks had some big storms to deal with including tornadoes Christmas Eve and yesterday.  We’ve got another major system cranking up over the Southwest that will bring blizzard conditions, heavy snow, rain, wind, a mix of ice and even a risk for severe weather.  Make sure you stay alert if you live anywhere from the Southwest to the Midwest and across the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Valley.

    Here’s the risk of severe weather today and tomorrow (including large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes)

    A disturbance moving in from the Northern Rockies into the Northern Plains will bring snow through the Upper Midwest with 5-10 inches across this region.

    The system will move into the Great Lakes with lighter snowfall amounts.  Northern and Central Maine could get 5-10 inches of snow.

    Our big winter storm across the Southwest US will bring heavy snow from New Mexico into Western Texas.  Snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible.

    Sunday the mix of snow sleet and freezing rain will push into the Southern Plains with 10-18 inches of snow over much of west and northern Texas.  18-24 inches is possible for Eastern New Mexico.  Strong winds have prompted blizzard watches and warnings from New Mexico through Texas, Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

    And you can see the difference in temperatures where we have above average warmth and behind the system, cold air pouring in from the North:

    Please be careful if you’re traveling this weekend.   Some conditions will be dangerous if not impossible to travel through.  Be safe.

    JD

  • The pattern continues: Active West, Warm East

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Happy Monday.   It’s finally here: the week of Christmas!  And as far as weather is concerned, the pattern is the same as it has been for many weeks now:  Stormy and cool out west, unseasonably warm in the east.

    We’ve got another storm moving onshore out west with heavy snow across the mountains and lower-elevation rain will be widespread.

    Rain and thunderstorms could bring heavy rain and  Isolated severe storms across the South and Gulf Coast along a frontal boundary.

    And temperatures across the eastern third of the country will be 10-20 degrees above average today, and this unseasonable warmth will intensify through Thursday.

    Tomorrow through Christmas Eve, record-warm temperatures that are 20-35 degrees above average will be widespread across the East.  And that means a major chunk of the country that typically sees snow on Christmas Day won’t!

    Are you guys missing the snow and cold across the east?  Are you sick of the wet/cool weather out west?

    I’ll be off with my family for the rest of the week, but back on the weekend with Fox and Friends, so hope to see you then.

    Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful holiday full of love, family and good friends.

    JD

  • Record warmth for Christmas?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Holy Moly I can’t believe Christmas is this week.  I’m trying to get caught up on cards and presents, but it seems like this year the holidays are happening way too quickly.   I’m sure we’ll all end up figuring it out, and what doesn’t get done can wait until next year, right?

    The weather seems a little more seasonal today for much of the country, but the warm air returns just in time for…Christmas!

    We finally have some lake effect snow cranking up this weekend with several inches piling up downwind of Lake Erie and Ontario.  However, the cold snap will be short lived with more mild air pushing in this week. We could set records on Christmas eve with temps well into the 60s for the Northeast!

    The West Coast remains very active with more storms moving into the Northwest bringing significant rain from Central California into Washington and Oregon.

    Over a foot of snow will fall over the Sierra Nevada and Cascades with this weekend’s system. Two more follow it heading into the holiday week.

    Part of this energy will bring showers across the Central US on Monday.

    Hope you’re all feeling great, and are excited about the holidays.  Talk to you again Monday!

    JD

  • Warmth continues over the East, snow and cold for the West

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    Hard to believe the temperatures are warmer here in New York City (where it’s currently 61 degrees) than it is in Phoenix! (47 degrees)  It has been a crazy December with the flip flop of temperatures and the record breaking lack of snow over the Northeast.  A lot of this can be attributed to El Nino which changes global weather patterns including here in the US during the winter months.

    More snow is on the way for the Rockies and Northern Plains as a system moves through the region.  Winter Storm Warnings are posted:

    While cold temperatures continue across the West today:

    The East remains unseasonably mild with highs 10-25 degrees above average.  Temperatures will be closer to average by the end of the week.  And long range forecasts show Christmas to be very much the same story:  warm across the east, cold over the west.  I personally love this weather!

    Hope your week is going well.   Talk to you this weekend…

    JD

  • A mild weekend for many and Christmas party pictures!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning all!

    I have to share some pictures from Thursday night’s White House Christmas Party.  My sweet friend Shannon Bream asked me to be her date (how lucky am I?!)

    I travelled to D.C. for a once in a lifetime event.  Every room was decorated beautifully with gorgeous Christmas trees everywhere.

    There were many of our Fox Family there, and it was such a happy, fun night.   I felt very fortunate to be a part of such a special event.

    You can check out more pictures on my Facebook page!

    And now, it’s back to reality, and we have some weather to discuss:

    There’s a strong storm across the Southern Rockies that will move into the Central Plains and Mid-Mississippi Valley this weekend bringing heavy rain, snow and a chance of severe storms.

    Heavy rain is possible from the Southern Plains Lower Mississippi Valley up into the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes.  More heavy rain will cause flooding concerns for the Pacific Northwest and Northern California as a new storm system moves in while heavy snow will pile up over the Cascades and Sierra Range.

    Meanwhile, two thirds of the country will be enjoying temperatures up to 30 degrees above average this weekend feeling more like fall than winter.

    What do you guys think of this warm weather?  Do you love it or are you all wishing for a white Christmas?

    Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

    JD

  • The West is active and where is the SNOW in Buffalo?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!

    I was in Walt Disney World last week with my family, and we had an amazing time.  I have to admit I unplugged everything for much of the trip with exception to posting some pictures on Facebook and Twitter.   Here’s a few of them, and of course you can always hop on to my social media to see the rest.

    Weather has been relatively quiet with exception to the West coast where several storms are moving in…

    The Northwest, Northern California, and Northern Rockies will remain in a very active pattern for the next 7 days.  With a new system moving onshore every other day, mountain snow, valley rain, and strong winds will continue across these areas through Monday.

    Flood Watches, Winter Storm Warnings, and High Wind Warnings are in effect.

    Meanwhile, places that typically see snow and cold this time of year are wondering where is winter?  Take Buffalo for example:

    Normally Buffalo is one of the snowiest cities, but as of today no measurable snow has fallen in the city.  That is a record.

    One of the reasons for the lack of snow (and the major action across the West coast)  is a very strong El Nino (A warming of Pacific Ocean that changes weather patterns across the U.S.)

    AND No snow is in the forecast for at least the next several days:

    So that’s what’s happening this week.  I’ll check on Thursday and I’ll be filling in for Rick on Fox and Friends this Saturday, so I’ll see you then!

    Hope you’re all doing great.

    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.