Columbia residents take opportunity to enjoy warm weather

Sunday, February 13, 2011 | 5:09 p.m. CST; updated 8:21 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 13, 2011

COLUMBIA — After a near-blizzard and weeks of freezing temperatures, some Columbia residents took advantage of the warmer temperatures Sunday afternoon.

Temperatures were expected to reach 57 degrees on Sunday and continue to be high throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service. The high is forecast to be 66 degrees on Thursday.

Mike Hagan took his young sons, Alex and Lucas, to get frozen treats at Andy’s Frozen Custard on Cooper Drive.

“These guys like ice cream no matter what the weather is, but I won't take them unless the weather is at least decently nice out,” Hagan said.

Earlier that morning, Alex and Lucas used the hot tub in their yard for the first time in over a month. At Andy’s, Lucas ran around without a coat and, jumping onto a concrete wall, spread his arms and shouted, “I’m the king of the world.”

Emily Henry and Delores Ponder sat on the curb outside of Andy’s Frozen Custard eating strawberry-banana and espresso concretes, respectively.

“We were just talking about going to Devil’s Ice Box,” Henry said.

Ponder, a Stephens College student who is new to Columbia, had not yet been to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Despite the nice weather, the pair planned to spend part of the afternoon studying, but they hoped to go camping together next weekend, Henry said.

At Rock Bridge Memorial State Park early Sunday afternoon, nine cars were parked next to piles of snow accumulation left over from the past couple of weeks.  Although some of the hiking trails were still covered in a slick snow, some families ventured out into the park.

Ellen Wilson, along with her husband, took her four kids the park to get some fresh air.

“I wanted to get the kids out of the house before they go crazy,” Wilson said.

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