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Record breaking highs for the first day of meteorological winter

High Temps in the 50s and 60s on the first day of December will break several record highs across the Inland Northwest.

It's meteorological winter! The weather, however, would disagree. Temperatures are incredibly warm and will be some of the warmest weather we've ever seen in the month of December. Forecast highs in Spokane will be in the upper 50s, with the daily record for Dec. 1 standing at 57 degrees, set in 1925.

It's not just daily records, but monthly records that could be broken today. Spokane's December record is 60 degrees which was set on December 12, 1939.

Snow levels are rising to near 10,000 feet today, which means lots of mountain snow is melting, even on this date. This has postponed area skiing for now, but at least mountain passes are seeing passable conditions with no mention of snow or ice.

Thursday will still be warm, highs in the low 50s, but probably not record breaking. Temps slide to the low- to mid- 40s for the weekend which is still slightly above average. Sunday night has a chance for rain & snow, with Monday will be a rainy day.

 -KREM 2 Meteorologist Thomas Patrick