Clevelanders Flock Outdoors for Mild Day

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CLEVELAND -- The January thaw had Clevelanders thinking Spring.  Folks all across Northeast Ohio couldn’t wait to get out and seize the day.

The Cleveland Metroparks was bustling with people Saturday.   With temperatures tipping toward 60 degrees for mid-January, people were out and about enjoying an unseasonably warm winter day.  

Kellie Law from Canton was making a day of it with her son, Sam.  

"We thought why not take advantage of this beautiful weather and go to the zoo and go to the West Side Market and go get some fresh fruit and pretend it's summer out," she said.

The break in the weather gave Kenny Keathley of Fairview Park the chance to wash away the winter residue from the family cars. 

He said he even worked up a sweat doing it.

"I'm cleaning my wife's car.  Today's her birthday.  Cleaning mine – if I'm going to do hers, I'll do mine.  A couple of the neighbors said they would like theirs also so, I may be out here a while today,” Keathley added.

The Big Met was packed with golfers.  With no snow on the ground, the course was open.  And that was all the Ortiz brothers of Cleveland needed to get their foursome together. 

"It's fun for us.  So any time the weather breaks, we're out there.  And that's what golfers do,” Jose Ortiz said.

They were not alone.  Big Met Manager Mike Raby said there about 250 golfers teed up on Saturday. 

"Last weekend we had cross-country skiers all over the golf course.   But the weather cooperated, the snow melted and now we are back to golf,” Raby said.

Some wonder if this the start of a mild winter like last year.  

“Bring it the rest of the winter.  I'll take it just like this,” Keathley said.  

But most Clevelanders see this as just a brief break in the weather with two full months of winter still ahead. 

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