Locals react to winter warmth

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- The calendar may say February 20th, but the temperature definitely does not. The heat continued to rise Tuesday afternoon with many bank signs showing temperatures nearing the 80's.

Public parks were packed with people taking a stroll, enjoying a jog, or spending their lunch break outdoors. Jim Kinney and his dog, Oreo, enjoyed the sunshine at the Bridgeport City Park.

"I would've been down here anyway, but this is great. I would take this any day. You can see by the way that I am dressed. I would take this any day of the year. This is a perfect day to be out and I'm sure this park will be well used today," said Jim Kinney.

The heat wave also made for the perfect playground day. Stacey Romano shared her reaction to the forecast.

"We were very excited to get out in the sunshine. It has been cold and gloomy so we wanted to enjoy some time outside today," said Stacey Romano.

Romano said this blast of warm weather is needed to help curb the winter blues.

"I have two little boys and they are playing at the playground right now. We are probably going to eat some lunch outside today and be outside as much as possible," said Romano.

On a day that was warm enough to even head to the pool of course they remain closed. However, students at Fairmont State University decided to dig out their summer wardrobes. Students sported shorts, sandals, and sunglasses as they made their way to class.

"I was happy and so excited. I get to wear summer clothes in the winter," said Cekiah Thornton.

Ice cream shops also experienced a spike in business. The Dairy Queen in Bridgeport on Main Street was filled with customers enjoying their favorite treats out on the patio.