Parts of the Southwest, the Great Plains and the Upper Midwest are enjoying record warmth, with temperatures in some spots 40 degrees above average.
The West is about to see some big changes as a strong system from the Pacific will bring rain and mountain snow to the Northwest, and then expand into much of the western half of the country.
Critical fire danger takes over much of the Great Basin as dry conditions and gusty winds threaten the region ahead of the major weather pattern change next week.
Meanwhile, Florida, the Southeast and the Gulf Coast will have to monitor tropical depression Eta that is forecast to move over Cuba and then possibly threaten the U.S. next week.
Eta hit parts of South America as a Category 4 hurricane, but lost strength as it hit the Gulf of Mexico. Those warmer waters may help the system strengthen again into a tropical storm before hitting the U.S.
Regardless of development, South Florida can expect several inches of rain and thunderstorms starting Saturday.
Janice Dean currently serves as senior meteorologist for FOX News Channel (FNC). In addition, she is the morning meteorologist for FNC’s “FOX and Friends” (weekdays 6-9AM/ET). She joined the network in January 2004. She is the author of several books. Her latest is “Mostly Sunny” (Harper Collins, March 5, 2019) Click here for more information on Janice Dean.