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  • The threat for flooding continues across Texas

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone

    What a horrible situation for our friends in southeast Texas.  The record breaking floods claimed lives and ruined homes yesterday.  In some areas, 2-3 inches of rain an hour made it impossible to travel or get to work or school.  A lot of these totals happened within just a few hours:

    Flash flood watches and warnings remain posted across southeastern Texas today and from the Texas/Oklahoma border into central Oklahoma due to yesterday’s heavy rainfall.

    Today the heavier rainfall will be concentrated across far southeastern Texas, and across much of Louisiana into Arkansas.

    Thunderstorms tomorrow could bring more heavy downpours to the region.

    In other news, my brand new Freddy book is coming this Monday the 25th, and we’re heading on tour with it.  I will keep you posted on dates and places as we get closer.  I’ll have a whole bunch of kids with me on Fox and Friends on Monday bright and early, so I hope you can join us!


  • Heavy snow, flooding and severe storms through the weekend

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Happy Weekend everyone!

    We have a lot of weather happening across the Central U.S this weekend with snow, flooding threats and strong to severe storms.

    This system across the Plains will bring showers and thunderstorms today including severe weather for the next three days.

    It’s a slow mover, so we can expect heavy rain s and flooding concerns through Monday:

    And, it will be cold enough for snow across the Rockies, Front Range and foothills.  Heavy snowfall will be possible even across the lower elevations.

    Meanwhile, in the good news department, mostly dry and mild conditions will make people happy from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast.   Afternoon temperatures are expected to be near or above average. Woohoo!

    We’ll keep you up to date all weekend long.  Stay safe everyone!

  • Strong to severe storms today

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone.  Happy Monday!

    We have the risk of severe storms from the Southern Plains into the southern Mississippi River Valley.

    The best chance for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will be from eastern Texas and southeast Oklahoma into Arkansas, Louisiana, and western Mississippi.

    Flash flooding will also be a concern across the South where heavier downpours persist.

    Meanwhile, scattered showers and mountain snow will continue across the West.  Additional systems will move into the Northwest through the end of the week.  And we are looking forward to a gradual warm up this week across the East!

    Hope you’re all doing well!


  • Snow in April...again...

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi All!

    Busy weekend.  I’m in for Rick on Fox and Friends, so if you’re up and at em early, please join us! We had fun today, and you can check out all the pictures on Facebook/twitter/instagram. Tomorrow we’ve got a petting zoo on site, so that should make some interesting television!

    In weather news, temperatures will be well below average this weekend for much of the eastern and central US…bah humbug.

    Rain and snow continues across the Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley and the Northeast U.S.

    Accumulating snow is happening over the central and northern Appalachians.  Gusty winds over 30 mph are possible, which when combined with wet snow on trees and power lines, could bring some isolated power outages.

    Meanwhile, across the West a storm will bring much needed rain for Southern California as well as some higher elevations snow:

    Have a great weekend everyone!  Hope to see you tomorrow on Fox and Friends weekend.

  • Where did you hide, springtime?

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  How’s your weekend?  I’m not loving the fact that we have bitter cold temperatures with snow on the ground were I live!  It’s all courtesy of an unwelcome arctic air mass that’s brought windchills in the teens, several inches of snow:

    Winds gusting over 50 mph have prompted high wind watches and warnings (and thousands of power outages too!)

    And we’re not done yet.  Another storm will move into  the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes bringing more rain and wind tomorrow:

    Wet conditions expected to return to the Pacific Northwest this evening.  Temperatures will generally be above average across much of the western and central U.S.

    Enjoy what’s left of the weekend.  Talk to you Tuesday!


  • Wednesday's severe weather threat

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Good morning everyone.  Happy Wednesday.  We’ve got an active midweek in store especially across the nation’s midsection.  A system across the Rockies that brought heavy snow, white out conditions and blizzard warnings will move into the Plains today.

    Strong to severe storms will develop from the South to Nebraska and Iowa.

    The best chance for large hail, damaging winds, and a few strong, long-track tornadoes is across northeastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma, southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, and into western Mississippi.

    The threat tomorrow shifts to the Southeast:

    We’re right on target in terms of where we typically see severe weather during the month of March into April:

    Flash flooding is also possible across the southern Mississippi River Valley today, then the Southeast tomorrow.

    We’ll keep you posted through the rest of the week, but make sure you’re weather aware if you live in any of these regions.


  • Easter weekend forecast

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    Happy Easter weekend.  We’ve got all sorts of weather to cover today and Sunday.  So let’s HOP to it! :)

    Showers and thunderstorms will develop along a boundary draped across the Southeast into the Central Gulf Coast and southern Mid-Atlantic this weekend:

    A few strong to severe storms will be possible Sunday over the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys.

    Meanwhile, light snow will develop across the Upper Great Lakes/Upper Mississippi Valley into parts of the Central Rockies.  Temperatures will be 10-20 degrees below average over the Central Plains into the Central Rockies.  Another system pushing into the Northwest will bring rain and mountain snow through the weekend.

    Here’s a look at what to expect Sunday.  Easter Bonnets may get wet or snow covered in some spots, so dress accordingly!

    I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I’m off tomorrow for some Easter egg hunting, but I’ll have another update on Monday!


  • Snow across the Northeast moves out, the West remains active

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hi everyone!  Happy first week of spring. A lot of us woke up to a snowy surprise this morning, but thankfully the system that brought snow to the Northeast will taper off as the area of low pressure offshore slowly moves away from the coast.

    Rain and snow continues across the west with the heavy snow across the highest elevations in Northern California.

    Idaho and Utah will see some some messy weather in their forecast for caucus and primary day tomorrow.

    Below average temperatures across the East and South will return to near average by midweek, while the Plains will see warmer than average temperatures over the next few days.

    And a heads up if you live across the central US, that storm in the West will move east on Wednesday and Thursday bringing the possibility for severe weather:

    Hope you’re all doing great.  Happy Monday!


  • Update on our first day of spring snow!

    Janice Dean | Meteorologist

    Hello everyone!

    Hope your weekend is off to a great start.    The good news is that we are officially saying goodbye to winter on the calendar and HELLO to spring next week…

    Showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop from the Gulf coast northward to the Mid-Atlantic states. Periods of heavy rain will be possible especially across the mountains.

    This afternoon a system will develop across the Southeast and will move up to the Mid Atlantic coast on Sunday into Monday.

    This is the storm that will become our Nor’Easter and bring snow the Northeast. 1-4 inches of snow is possible from the Central Appalachians to southern Maine.

    We’ll still have to watch the track of this system since we quite possibly could see more or less snow than what is forecast here.

    Meanwhile, rain and mountain snow will be ongoing for the Pacific Northwest as another system pushes in.

    4-8 inches of snow is possible with 2-5 inches of rain down into Northern California by Monday:

    We’ll continue to keep you posted!


  • 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!


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.