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People embracing spring weather

MARATHON CO. (WAOW) - Signs of spring are drawing people outdoors in Marathon County. The warm day on Sunday helped people forget about the long cold winter. Temperatures reached the upper 40's, which helped melt snow in the area.

"Looking forward to getting out," said Tim Buchholz of Wausau.

Workers at Rib Mountain Cycles say foot traffic has increased over the past three weeks. They say people are making the switch from winter activities to spring ones, like cycling.

"Cabin fever reached a peak, where they just said this is it, so they're coming in," said Tim Thompson, a worker at Rib Mountain Cycles.

The warmup inspired some people, like Jessica Wasniewski of Wausau, to try out new bicycles.

"The weather's warming up and we're looking forward to it and it's kind of getting you in that summer mood," said Wasniewski.

Riders say they want to be ready as more trails open up.

Menards General Manager Jim Maki says his customers are also getting spring fever.

"It's been constant as far as people coming in, getting estimates, looking at the products," said Maki.

Store leaders say some people are stocking up on gardening supplies.

"A lot of the mulch products, even the tillers and that kind of stuff, as the snow melts, those will be some of the first steps," said Maki. "Just picking up all the refuse, branches and sticks."

As the temperatures rise and the memory of winter begins to fade, people say now they can start to embrace spring.

"We're going to ride up and down Rib Mountain for sure," said Buchholz.

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