Signs of Spring Starting To Show

While colder than normal temperatures have hovered over the Upper Ohio Valley since the official start of spring last week, signs of the season are slowly beginning to appear around the area.

Under mostly sunny weather conditions Friday, more than a dozen fishermen waded through the water or rested along the banks of Big Wheeling Creek near Elm Grove. Meanwhile, a vendor sold colorful Easter flowers near the Elm Grove Crossing Mall and more than 100 golfers played in a local tournament.

“It’s a beautiful day, we’re just trying to get some warm weather in,” said Jim Groves of Moundsville while trout fishing for the first time this year in Big Wheeling Creek.

Both Groves and Todd Vanscyoc, also of Moundsville, said Friday provided a great opportunity to just get out and enjoy the start of spring. Groves said while the temperature started out fairly cool during the morning hours, it warmed up quite a bit in the afternoon.

Not far from the banks of the creek, Becky Brown with Rhodes Florist of Bridgeport was busy selling a variety of colorful Easter flowers near the Elm Grove Crossing Mall.

Brown said it has become a tradition for the business to sell flowers at that location a few days before Easter Sunday.

“We sold pretty good today. … The sun warms it up a little bit,” Brown said while setting out pots of flowers.

According to Rico Coville, director of golf and skiing for Oglebay, 156 golfers turned out for the parks’ annual “Good Friday” tournament on the Speidel Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

“We had a good day for golf, despite the colder temperatures,” said Coville, who noted all of the park’s major golf courses are now open for the season, weather permitting.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 57 degrees under sunny skies today, while the Easter Sunday forecast calls for rain with a high of 56.