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Oregonians enjoy a day of sunshine before inevitable rain hits

With clear, blue skies and temperatures just under fifty degrees, several park-goers opted to spend their Saturday outside to start out the first weekend of the new year.

EUGENE, Ore. - With clear, blue skies and temperatures just under fifty degrees, several park-goers opted to spend their Saturday outside to start out the first weekend of the new year.

However, a year ago today, the weather was a polar opposite.

Rewinding back 12 months, Lane County experienced blankets of snow and ice, knocking down power lines and closing down roads.

365 days later, we get the complete opposite weather, and many locals chose to take advantage of the unusually dry January day. Some walked their dog, others enjoyed sights of the sunshine.

For a group of ladies who make a point to stay active year round, it was a pleasant setting to take a stroll from Springfield to Eugene.

"We came with all of our wool gear in case it rains, so we are set," said Dorothy Van Winkle

For a few other park-goers, the jury is still out for the snow and ice. They appreciate today's sunshine, but still see the value in traditional Oregon weather.

"I mean, we still need the rain, so as much rain as we can, but you know it would be nice to have days in between where we can go outside," said Lenore Skinner.

With rain sure to be in the forecast throughout the spring, Saturday gave Oregonians one last chance to play in the sun.

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