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Thaw to be short-lived

January 10, 2003

The sky was blue, the breeze carried fragrant scents and the temperature reached a balmy 56 degrees by mid afternoon Thursday - and it was Jan. 9?

According to weather observer Greg Keefer's Web site, it wasn't a record-breaking day but it was welcome to Tri-State area residents who were digging out from the season's latest snowstorm just four days earlier.

The record for Jan. 9 was 72 degrees recorded in 1907, according to Keefer's figures.

Piles of dirty snow - some from the past two snowfalls - were melting at a rapid pace Thursday along streets and in parking lots as the temperatures rose.

Car washes were doing a brisk business and parks and playgrounds were filled with winter-weary people.

The warm spell isn't expected to last long, though.

National Weather Service forecasters were expecting temperatures to drop into the lower 30s overnight with highs in the 40s today.

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Beginning tonight, winds will begin to increase as temperatures drop into the 20s, staying on the low side for most of the weekend, forecasters said.

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