WATCH: What can we expect in spring 2016

Posted at 1:12 PM, Mar 18, 2016

Spring officially begins this weekend, and it's following the warmest winter on record.

That warmth is going to stick around for most of the country, and it'll stay wet across the South, which could lead to an increased flooding risk in the Southeast.

On the upside, some drought relief is expected to arrive in northern California, which has been dealing with significant to severe drought conditions for years.

As for severe thunderstorms, this year has already been busier than the last two years, and we'll likely see more severe thunderstorms in the coming months — peak severe weather season.

RELATED: Storm Shield app provides life-saving weather alerts
RELATED: RadarCast can tell you when it's about to rain at your location

The maps used in the video above are averages for the course of three months, and since this is spring, we'll likely see swings to both extremes of temperature and precipitation in the coming months.

Follow Storm Shield Meteorologist Jason Meyersvia the Storm Shield appon Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are. Named by one of the best weather apps for your iPhone.