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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane had a small taste of a white Christmas but unseasonably warm weather has melted all of the snow and ice. In Spokane Thursday the winter snow was a no-show. "It's not like Spokane," resident Andrew Rockne said. "Spokane normally has
snow and cold."

Instead of cold and ice, the Lilac City beamed with blue skies and sunshine, as if Mother Nature turned the clock back several months. The city saw mid-morning temperatures near 50 degrees, which would be more typical of weather in late spring.

"It's an early case of spring fever," Rockne continued, who brought his wife, four kids, and dogs to Manito Park to play outside in the nice weather.

At Manito Park, a pack of kids swapped snowmen and sledding for slides, monkey bars, cartwheels and football, some of the quintessential summer fun activities. In fact, some of the kids stomped on a small snow pack in the park, which seemed to be the only snowy spot left in the city Thursday.

"I kind of like it though because it gives us a chance to get the kids out of the house and get the dogs out running around," Rockne said.

For local families, the warmer weather was a welcome reprieve from the typical winter chill.

"We love watching the geese; that's high entertainment for them," dad Neil Pierson said, who brought his two young boys to play at Riverfront Park for the day.

"It was nice to be able to come back today and have a little outdoor time together," Pierson continued.

The warmer weather was a far cry from 2010's arctic blast that blanketed the city in several inches of blistering cold snow. Back then, the snow piled up on homes and cars, snarled roadways, and kicked snowplow drivers into over-drive.

It was winter weather that Mother Nature decided to forgo this week. at least for now.

KHQ's Leslie Lowe said at this time last year, Spokane already had 36.1 inches of snow. The normal snowfall for this time is 20.6 inches but so far this year, Spokane's only seen 9.0 inches for the "snow season."

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