Bluebonnets and other wildflowers are already popping up in the area as spring approaches. The first official day of spring this year will be Monday, March 20. The 2017 Wildflower Forecast issued by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin predicted an earlier and longer wildflower season for our area. Although wildflowers usually appear in March and April, they were seen as early February this year due to our warm winter and recent rainfall. As more flowers appear, the Department of Public Safety reminds wildflower fans to obey traffic laws when enjoying roadside spring scenery. That includes signaling before leaving or entering the roadway, parking off of the roadway parallel to the road in the direction of traffic, avoiding crossing lanes of traffic on foot and obeying signs prohibiting parking in certain areas.