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Closer look at this year's unusual Wisconsin winter

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It's been quite the winter here in north-central Wisconsin.

"The temperatures have fluctuated so much," said Justin Loew, Stormtrack9 Meteorologist. "We've been going between below zero temperatures and high temperatures around 40 degrees during ultimate weeks in the month of January. So every time we get snow, it seems like it melts. And that happened in December as well."

Forecasters say we've already seen more snow this year than all of winter last year.

But the ups and downs have made life hard for winter sports enthusiasts. Fortunately for skiers and snowboarders, Granite Peak makes its own snow. But for snowmobilers, it's been a tough season.

"The past few years we've gotten a variety of weather conditions," said Jon Daniels, Marathon County Snowmobile/ATV Coordinator. "We can't really judge what's normal anymore because we've been getting some extremes that are not typical to the Midwest or certainly central Wisconsin."

There is some good news for winter sports fans. Snowmobile trails in Marathon County will open Friday at noon.

"We've got probably fair to good conditions," said Daniels. "Not ideal but they are good enough so we want to get the trails open while they can."

Forecasters say it's tough to predict how much more snow we'll get this winter. But say what's already on the ground will stick around for a few more weeks.

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