Spring Fever Watch

The thaw arrivied on schedule. Now TC is blogging about places to go, things to do and people to see this "spring preview" weekend!

Spring Fever Anyone?

Well what do you know? The mid-winter thaw has taken hold. Granted, it will last only a week. Still, at least for a few days, our thoughts will turn from salted roads to cleaning off our cars, from making sure power is on to enjoying the great outdoors. Yeah the busiest people this weekend will be working at your neighborhood car wash!

Dare I predict that local tennis courts will be busy on Saturday? Too bad the same can’t be said for golf courses where the melting snow and ice will leave fairways and greens too wet to play upon. If your course does open, trust me the cold damp ground will make a good pair of water-proofed spikes a must.

I for one am voting Saturday my first Top 10 day of the year on general principles; namely, a weekend day with highs near 60 will help heal the hurt inflicted by Old Man Winter. Oddly, I expect a fair amount of clouds on Saturday, so this is a top 10 day more psychologically than meteorologically.

For folks still without power in Eastern Kentucky, this warmth will come as little consolation. You see, life in those frozen hollows has been agonizingly slow to return to normal. Chris Bailey, the weather phenom from Salyersville, tells me some school districts have been out of school 5 of the last 7 weeks (including Christmas break). June 7th is now a target date for the end of the year. That’s three weeks behind schedule.

Dare I add we still have 6 more weeks of winter ahead. Punxsutawney Phil said so on Monday. So more snow and ice days are a virtual lock.

I personally worry how these kids (especially seniors) are going to compete in the classroom after missing important studies for so long. College prep is far too important at this stage of the academic game for those upper classmen to be sitting at home. I still recall how in my first college calculus class at Drexel U in Philly, the professor covered as much material in 1 hours as we did in 1 week in high school. Hopefully, some classes are being offered over the Internet while we await the snow and ice melt

Serious snowmelt began on Friday and will conclude with a bare ground by Sunday night. Even the hard to melt chunks of ice leftover in the shade from the first storm almost 2 weeks ago will succumb to the surprisingly strong mid February sun. So school will be in session area-wide on Monday.

Kids and ice fishermen are reminded that rotting ice will turn into a safety hazard this weekend. Stay off the ice this weekend.

Those are the classic symptoms of the January thaw that this year is coming in early February. No sweat, what’s a few days among friends?

Thanks to southerly winds, Saturday’s temperatures will soar into the 50s everywhere (except at the ski lodges where 40s will still be unseasonaby mild) and could even kiss the 60 mark in areas that lose their snow cover quickly. Boarders and tubers will fly down the hill in shirt sleeves at Winterplace, if they so choose.

Monster Jam fans heading to the Charleston Civic Center and Arenacross zealots planning a trip to Huntington’s Big Sandy Arena are in for a treat. No travel headaches from snow and ice and no bitter polar blusters are to be faced. Dare I predict the Creamery at Pullman Square will do beaucoup business in the spring air?

Enjoy the spring preview, as who knows it may be the last we see until the equinox! The way 2009 has started out, that’s a chilling possibility.

Can't wait for Hillbilly Days in Pikeville in April when the last snows will have surely melted, right?


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