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Locals take advantage of the warm weather

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MEDICINE PARK, Okla._Now that warm weather has found its way to southwest Oklahoma after a winter that featured lots of snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures, people are quickly making their way back outside.

The recent days with temperatures in the seventies are allowing people to soak in some sunshine and finally overcome their cabin fever, but the nice weather is also bringing hope to businesses that rely on it to get people into their restaurants or stores.

Medicine Park saw its share of people enjoying the last bit of a warm three day weekend doing any number of activities. Whether it was casting a reel, going on a run, or just enjoying a day of sightseeing with family and friends, they all realize that the warmer temperatures mean spring and summer aren't that far away.

Only days ago the Medicine Park creek was frozen over, by Monday it was a popular spot for fishermen of all ages hoping for a big catch to top off a beautiful day. Fishing is a favorite past time for many and the frozen pond and streams made it difficult to enjoy the hobby. But the cold temperatures and snow have kept them inside the last couple of months. Even though they had been there hours and their baskets were empty. It was just, "a good day to get out."

For businesses in Medicine Park the warm temperatures are welcomed with open arms. "If the weather is nice then people come out and spend money. When it is not, they stay home," said Chad Thorton, manager of The Old Plantation restaurant.

Thorton, said this is an exciting time of year because the change in weather means better business days are ahead and this weekend proved that, "Business was great this weekend. When the weather is nice, people come out."

And there were lots of people out and about Monday in Medicine Park. While everyone was enjoying different parts of the outdoors, everyone was happy, "just being about to get outside and hangout."

While meteorologists say that we are not totally done with cold weather, most people said that today's temperatures was just the break they needed to make it through the rest of the winter. This past weekend jump-started business for restaurants and stores in some of the area's favorite outdoor spots; business is likely to remain slow until the summer months are in full swing.

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