There have been a pocket of days featuring favorable weather, but over the past week there have been some form of cancellations for a period of six straight days on which contests were scheduled to take place.

Punxsutawney Phil made a grim prediction at the beginning of February.

The infamous Pennsylvania groundhog, that has been predicting the arrival of spring every year for the past 131 years, forecasted six more weeks of winter when he saw his shadow. However, it seems the groundhog may have been short by a few additional weeks this time around as periods of rain and cold temperatures have festered over the Lake area and across the country. In turn, spring sports activities have been few and far between with numerous cancellations and it may leave one wondering if “Old Man Winter” will finally move on 16 days into the spring season.

The first game I covered this spring was a season-opening baseball game between Camdenton and Eldon on March 16 and the two sides managed to get two innings of play in before thunderstorms, and even a tornado warning, swept across the area. Little did I know that the galling weather pattern would continue making it difficult for baseball, soccer, track and field, golf and tennis teams to compete on a consistent basis.

There have been a pocket of days featuring favorable weather, but over the past week there have been some form of cancellations for a period of six straight days on which contests were scheduled to take place. One of the last games I covered and one of a few to take place, a girls’ soccer game between Camdenton and Jefferson City on March 27, was even played on a night where rain sprinkled down with temperatures ranging in the 40s. Just this past weekend, I was watching snow fall on the first day of April trying not to slip on the ice that began to accumulate in my driveway. As young as I may be, I cannot recall the last time that happened.

Will “Old Man Winter” ever finally go away?

Well, as I write this column the sun is back out to a welcome sight of blue skies. It is still fairly cold out, but temperatures ranging in the 60s are starting to pop back up in the forecasts. It gives me hope that spring may finally be on its way and, just maybe, that Lake area teams can be rid of indoor practices and get back to regularly-scheduled competition.

That time is now and it would certainly give this sports reporter more interesting things to report on and do so in an infinitely more comfortable setting.

“Old Man Winter,” your time is up.