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Too cool for school

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On a day without school, Granite Peak is typically bustling with skiers and snowboarders. But instead, not one can be found.

"Usually when there's a snow day, you'll see a lot of the kids here. It's a fun day when there's a lot of snow. But when it's cold like this, you take precaution," Granite Peak General Manager Vicki Baumann said.

With negative temperatures and a wicked wind chill, schools around the area canceled classes. That left parents figuring out what to do. Dozens of children headed to the Wausau Boys and Girls Club.

"Kids need a place to go, parents still have to go to work even though it's freezing cold," Boys and Girls Club of Wausau Executive Director Brian Stezenski-Williams told Newsline 9.

But because of the cold, Boys and Girls Club leaders say fewer children showed up.

 "A lot of kids walk here or take the bus here, so it's a little quieter today. We probably have about 1/3-1/4 of our normal population," Stezenski-Williams said.

Marcus Snow was one of the brave students who headed outside.

"Today I came here to hangout with friends. I didn't want to go anywhere else because it's so cold," Snow told Newsline 9.

For some, the cancellation meant entertaining children two days in a row.

"Initially I thought, 'They were out yesterday, what am I going to do with them tomorrow?,'" Juli Alford of Weston said.

Alford and her family spent the day at the mall.

"We decided to make a fun day out of it," Alford said.

She says spending a Tuesday with her children is a rare treat. "It's fantastic. It doesn't happen very often," Alford said.

While this mother loved the extra time with her family, she's hoping those warmer temperatures make a comeback soon.

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