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Taking advantage of the warm weather


MADISON (WKOW) -- A lot of people spent at least part of Tuesday enjoying the warm weather. The record high served as a signal for some to ditch their heavy coats and enjoy the 50s before heading back into the single digits.

"I have a day off and it's beautiful and I have to, you know, tune up my game," Steve Beier said before choosing an outdoor space on the range at Vitense Golfland in Madison. "Our old muscles don't loosen up as easy as they used to in the cold weather," he said. His friend, Gary Spaenie is also working on his golf game. "You get cabin fever and it's time to get out," Spaenie said.

It's a message people seemed to get across town. Joggers Luke Treutel and Isaac Zarecki traded in their normal five or six layers for shorts. "It's a nice day. It's going to be really cold the rest of the week so we thought we'd take advantage of it," Zarecki said.

The crowds downtown also picked up. "Everyone's out smiling and hugging and kissing. I don't know if it's Valentine's Day...but we've had a really good day and I want it to stay like this all the time," Bonzo foot cart employee Nancy Andersen said. She also said business more than doubled on Tuesday.

Even ice fishermen couldn't stay off the lakes, though temperatures in the 50s melted most ice rinks at local parks and brought thick fog into the area. And as quickly as it came, the warm weather will leave. WKOW's meteorologists say rain will turn into snow before Wednesday morning and temperatures will go back into the single digits this week.

Madison Streets Superintendent Chris Kelley is looking ahead. "Once it starts snowing then we'll start calling crews in," Kelley said. Staff will come in at 2:00 a.m. to monitor the situation and they'll most likely have 60 to 70 crews on the roads by rush hour, according to Kelley.

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