Spring Weather

Monday, March 21, 2011 - 3:38pm

Change in seasons has brought severe weather to parts of the U.S.

Spring is here but the change in seasons has brought a change in the weather across much of the country. Storms and dangerous conditions from the west to the east coast. Spring weather is making an early 'strike" across much of the country.

Just a couple of days into the season, and already severe weather is causing some major problems. The threat of mud slides after heavy rains along the west coast forced many to evacuate overnight in Los Angeles County.

The only way out for this driver in Thousand Oaks was with some help from rescue teams who pulled him to safety after his SUV was over-run by flood waters there.

And forecasters warn more flooding may be on the way spreading through the upper plains. Nick Walker of the Weather Channel says "the stage is set for some pretty major flooding in the days to come."

In places like Fargo, North Dakota crews have been preparing for weeks and bracing for what could be a dangerous one-two punch from mother nature.

Nick says "it's basically because of heavy rainfall that we've seen recently that combined with a quick warm up of temperatures lately has melted a lot of snow already - we're already seeing rivers pretty high and the ground pretty saturated."

From the east coast, to the Sierra Nevada, a fresh coat of snow has closed roads and made it generally tough to get around. Early evidence it could be a pretty rough spring.

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