As the Northland experiences a gorgeous weekend leading in the the first day of spring Sunday, there is expected to be a lot of people looking to get outdoors.

Outdoor enthusiasts who are interested in accessing trails in Duluth are asked to be observant and play it safe as it's easy to damage trails this time of year. In fact, it's usually this time of year when trails temporarily close to all users so that they are protected.

City of Duluth Parks and Recreation reminded residents of this on Friday, urging caution when approaching trails:

Spring is in the air, and the bi-annual freeze/thaw cycle is rapidly approaching! Each Spring & Fall the City of Duluth, along with our nonprofit community partners, close the natural surface trails during this seasonal shift. It won’t be long until these trails are closed to all users!
We ask that you please remember- if leaving a footprint or tire-rut on the trail, please turn around to prevent damaging the trails.
Keep an eye out for the official closure announcement. Spring trail closures typically last a full month!

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The bottom line is if we use caution during this time of year on Duluth's trails, they will remain in great shape for all to use once this freeze/thaw cycle is complete.

Justin Liles, Chief Meteorologist with are media partners at WDIO-TV says after this nice weekend, the first full week of spring will bring back a taste of winter. His forecast is currently calling for a chance of snow Monday, then on Tuesday snow is likely, possibly mixed with rain, freezing rain, and sleet before 1pm, then rain and snow likely.

Sounds like a typical Northland spring is on the way.

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