Cedar Rapids Soaks Up Saturday Sun

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter


By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The frigid December Iowans are used to, took the day off Saturday. Sunshine was beaming down temps in the low forties and putting warm smiles on faces.

“I’m a sun worshiper,” said James Sliney. “We’re cross country skiing and we’re really enjoying it. It’s perfect conditions. The sun is out. It’s forty degrees.”

Business was hot at local car washes. At Johnny Boy’s Car Wash on 1st Ave. cars lined into the streets to wash away the salt and sludge of winter. Officials figured they’d see about 350 cars by the end of the day.

“We do a good wash for these people. They come back, once, twice a week. That’s because we do a good job,” said Manager David Daoud.

Mathew Freno, of Cedar Rapids, spent the day digging out a snow fort for his daughter and niece. He said it's an annual tradition.

“It seems like nowadays they don’t do this as much, the kids. So, we got to make sure we keep it going,” said Freno.

Saturday was perfect for fun in the sun, but by Sunday Eastern Iowa will again be feeling Mother Nature’s cold shoulder. Temps are expected to drop to zero, or below, by Sunday night.

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