The long winter has allowed for people to get their fill of activities like ice fishing, but as the snow and ice start to melt, that season will soon end. Ice fishers need to be alert for ice conditions as most areas will not be safe after the next two weeks.
"If you're on it quite often like these holes, you can see here, you have about two feet. You just want to stay away from open areas and now, this time of year, anything that's close to a current, you don't want to go by," said Gordon Muyer, a man with about 55 years of ice fishing experience.
He and many others are not sad to see it and other activities end, however.
"It feels great. It's nice to be outside so the kids can play," said Wausau local, Tyne Hoffman.
Jacob Smith from Marathon is especially excited for the puddles created by the melting snow.
"It's kind of fun because you get to splash in the puddles," he said.
Marie Becker was walking with a friend in Rib Mountain State Park and said it's been months and months since she got a chance to walk outside without wearing twelve layers of clothing. She's looking forward to getting her garden started, however NewsChannel 7's Meteorologist, Jeremy Tabin said she may have to wait until May for the ground to thaw out.
"Very top layer, maybe the first few inches it's starting to thaw out a bit, but as you'll notice, as the snow is melted, it's still pretty muddy," he said. "Where if it wasn't so frozen, a lot of the snow would have probably just soaked in and with the sunshine we have during the day time hours, probably would have dried it out, but that's not really been the case quite yet."
He said although the coming week has a warmer forecast, that doesn't necessarily mean the cold trend is over. Hopefully, however there will be, at least, fewer snowfalls and chilly days from here on out.
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