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Live the dream STAT: Not as much December freezing as expected

8 - Days in December 2011 when temperatures did not hit freezing. Historically, the average low for every day of the month is below 32 degrees.

Real Estate market graph2011 ended pretty mild. December seemed to refuse the transition to winter, with little snow and few days below freezing. Yet it wasn't the warmth so much as lack of cold that was most notable.

The average December high temperature in Boone is 45; it was 48 in December 2011. That's not too much of a difference. It was the lows that weren't very low. The historical average for lows in the month is 24 degrees. It was just 31 degrees last month. That included a span of four days, from December 21 to 23, when temperatures bounced between the mid-50s and low to high 30s. Even Christmas Eve was comparatively comfortable, with a high of 44 and low of just 33.

That spring-like thaw looks to end this week. Snow is in the forecast Monday night, with temperatures getting no warmer than 22 Tuesday. Winter may finally be coming - and staying awhile - in the High Country.

Sources. Records are according to weather.com, and weatherunderground.com.