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Ski hill officials say unexpected snowfall in Wausau was from snow-making machines


WAUSAU (WAOW) - Some unexpected snow fell into the area Wednesday morning. Many of us in the Wausau area woke up to find a winter wonderland outside. But the snow wasn't falling from the sky, rather from a snow making machine on Granite Peak Ski Hill.

"The wind conditions and humidity possibly the way the snow guns were pointed," said lift operations manager, Brandon Marquardt. 

Marquardt, the lift operations manager at Granite Peak Ski Hill in Rib Mountain says the snow-making machines on Rib Mountain are to blame.

"It carried over up into the atmosphere and put snowfall over the Wausau area," he said. 

A dusting of snow fell onto the roads in the Wausau and Rib Mountain area. 

But ski hill officials say it's not the first time something like this has happened. 

"We're not shocked about it at all, it has happened before when conditions are right," said Marquardt. 

Marquardt says they were making snow as usual, but once they heard the news they immediately shut the machines off. 

"We corrected it as soon as we could," said Marquardt. 

The National Weather Service released a special statement saying the man made snow was responsible for crashes in the Rib Mountain and Wausau area.

Newsline 9 contacted the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Wausau Police department to see how many weather related crashes occurred due to this issue, but all three departments said none. 

Ski hill officials say it's a learning experience, and snow making machines are what bring Granite Peak Ski Hill to life. 

"It's not negative in any way, we're just trying to get our ski hill open," said Marquardt. 

Ski hill officials say this incident will not have an impact on their foot traffic. They say they're expecting a huge turnout this week, as the winter storm makes its way through Central Wisconsin. 

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