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Milwaukeeans ready for warmer weather as opening day approaches

Posted at 5:10 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 19:16:25-05

Milwaukeeans are enthused about the possibility of temperatures climbing into the 30s and 40s in the coming days.

At Miller Park, some Brewers fans braved Thursday's frigid weather to buy tickets for upcoming games.

"I can't believe we're three weeks from Opening Day," said Bob Giese. "This doesn't feel like baseball weather."

Snow still blankets most of the parking lots around the ballpark.

A spokesperson for the Brewers said no decision has been made regarding whether to plow the lots or simply let the snow melt away.

The team said, if needed, the lots can be plowed a few days before the opener.

"We'll be ready either way," a Brewers spokesperson said via email.

Opening Day is March 28.

In Greenfield, the cold weather has slowed business at Bluemel's Garden and Landscape Center, where President Mike Bluemel said business typically picks up around March 1.

"This year, it's been a slow start," Bluemel said.

The business sells plants, top soil, and mulch, and also performs landscaping and lawn maintenance services.

Bluemel said he and his employees began stocking one of the business's greenhouses in February.

"We'll be fully stocked by mid April," he said. "There's probably about 60,000 plants that go through this property in a six to eight week period."

Bluemel said that's a tight window in which the weather can make or break his business in both landscape sales and services. He's hoping the gradual warm up expected next week is indicative of better weather on the horizon.

"That will be a nice start," he said with a smile.