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Clayton Bice of Sterling peers down from a slide Monday morning at Redfield Park in Sterling. The 2 1/2-year-old tyke, along with his mom, Sarah, and dog, Chester, took advantage of the mild weather to get outside for some fun. Their timing turned out to be just right, because later in the day, the snow started falling fast. It’s the first significant snowfall the area’s seen for the season, a little more than a week ahead of the first day of winter on Dec. 21. Temperatures topped out in the mid-40s by midafternoon, but started dropping, along with the snow, later in the day. By 4:30, nature had tucked the area in under a white blanket of the fluffy stuff. There’s not much snow in the forecast for the rest of the week, but temperatures won’t be back up in the 40s anytime soon.