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People flock outdoors for warm day before upcoming cold streak


MADISON (WKOW)-- Cabin fever is starting to set in for many outdoor enthusiasts who couldn't stand being inside another day. Who'd have thought that a twenty degree day in January would feel like paradise for so many people?

"You know, we're Midwesterners," cross country skier Martha Laugen says. "We can handle it. yeah, we can handle it," skier Allison Markoski chimes in.

Both skiers say they've been looking forward to this warmup since Wednesday  and from the looks of it they weren't alone.

"People are out and about wanting to get out and enjoy winter while they can before they're forced into their homes for the day," Madison Parks Weekend Supervisor Joshua Schmitt says.

Workers at Odana Hills say it's probably the most amount of people they've seen since the summer golf season. Those golfers are also being affected by the warm weather. At Vitense Golfland people are getting a summer experience with the warm weather and high-powered heaters on the driving range.

"It's kind of like a mental health break," golfer Thomas Bartell chuckles.

Bartell hits a bucket of balls at the driving range nearly every day, but even he's afraid to come out during the cold days ahead.

"Sunday  possibly. Monday may be another story," Bartell laughs.

The heated lanes are one of a kind here in Southern Wisconsin.

"A lot of people try to get in and golf before they take their trips to Florida and everything. They want to get their swing back down," Operations Supervisor Mike Venturini says.

The winter activity is becoming so popular a new addition is being added to keep up with golfers who simply can't wait until spring.

"The new one will have 36 new heated stalls on it. We should be able to handle the extra volume of golfers with that," Venturini says.

Madison Parks supervisors say there is a silver lining with this extreme cold. It will help them to create a deeper base of snow and ice on the parks and trails. So once things warm up again conditions will be perfect for winter activities.

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