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Posted on Sat, Mar 30, 2013 : 5 p.m.

Ann Arbor residents come out of hibernation for first glimpse of spring

By Lisa Carolin

Bicyclists, runners, walkers, and more are making the most of today's sunny conditions with temperatures peaking in the mid-50's.

"It makes you think of spring," said Ann Arbor resident Donna Puehler.

Though spring officially began on March 20, Ann Arbor residents are only now experiencing the weather that comes along with it. Saturday started a bit chilly in the morning with temperatures in the low-20's, but by late afternoon it had warmed up to mid-50's with partly sunny skies and a mild breeze.

"I need the sun for my body," said Carol Brooks, who lives in Ann Arbor. "I've really been missing it. It puts smiles on people's faces."

Jamie Brooks said the weather made it possible to enjoy pushing her baby's carriage through the streets of Ann Arbor.

"We had a baby in November, and I was held hostage with the cold weather and flu," said Brooks with 4-month old Jessica. "I can finally get outside with her."

Lucky for Brooks, she might be able to enjoy strolling through the streets on Sunday as well, with a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50's, despite rumors of rain and snow from earlier in the week.

Chris Stilwell said he had cycled to the gym this morning. "It's a lot more comfortable in this weather to be out on a bicycle," he said. "I can concentrate on riding as opposed to fighting off cold and can enjoy the trek between point A and point B."

Stilwell also said he's also planning to go fishing.

Elaine Richards was sitting outside with her walking shoes in her hands examining her treads.

"It's more enjoyable to walk in weather like this, but I walk year round," she said. "I'm training for the (Susan G. Komen) 3-day walk for cancer and have already walked seven miles today," she said, adding, "I need a new pair of walking shoes."

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Lizzy Alfs

Sun, Mar 31, 2013 : 2:46 p.m.

I am so excited the weather is FINALLY turning! It was cool yesterday to see everyone out and about. I love how it gets to 50 degrees and everyone walks around in shorts and t-shirts. Ohhh, Michigan!