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Warm temps put the brakes on winter fun


WAUSAU (WAOW) --  Warm temperatures have put the brakes on winter fun.

Students at John Muir Middle School in Wausau were hoping Mother Nature would cooperate and put some snow in the forecast.

"I just want some snow," 6th grader Emily Seanor said.

After receiving a "Fit to Play" grant, school leaders purchased toboggans so students could still get exercise even in the winter months.  But, the weather has been far from wintry, leaving students, like Seanor, stuck on the playground instead of on the sled.

"It's sad. I just want to go up there and be able to go down on the sled. It's fun," Seanor said.

Other winter sport enthusiasts are also wishing for white. This time of year trails are usually covered with snow.  But, the green you see has caused officials at the Wausau School District  to reschedule their event. And causing families to hit the trails another time.

"The ski trails have too many sticks and pine needles poking out. And, on the toboggan hill, it is just too icy and to fast, really quite dangerous," Wausau School Forest Coordinator said.

And at Nine Mile Forest the scene remained the same.  Thousands of athletes descended on Wausau for the new look Badger State Games.  But, the shining sun hasn't helped their outdoor plans. And organizers have had to make some adjustments to continue the competition.

"We have had to shovel some snow onto the trails and close down a section that was too thin," Bob Robinson the grounds keeper for the Badger State Games said.

And for now the sleds will stay locked up. And students will continue to watch the weather and hope for that winter wonderland.  

"I am hoping for some snow in the next could weeks," Seanor said.


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