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Morning snow came from Granite Peak


Some people in the Wausau area woke up to a surprise Friday they weren't expecting.

"I looked through several of my windows and I realized that it had snowed," said Nina Green of Schofield.

Snow covered the ground as people started their day.

"Suddenly the snow was all over the side of the road,” said Jeremy Berkely of Wausau. “Not something I was expecting to see."

But meteorologists couldn't predict this snow either because the snow came from Granite Peak.

"We try to monitor it as best as we can but they're very unpredictable those types of situations," said Matt Howe, part of snow operations at Granite Peak.

Last night was the second night of snow making on the ski slopes, and the weather may be the reason why it traveled onto roads.

"If it's more calm it's worse because it drifts really slow and it kind of hangs in the air with high humidity like last night," said Howe.

Drivers in the morning felt the effects of it. Wausau police say there were seven minor accidents from the snow, but no one was hurt.

"Because of the accidents some of the vehicles were blocking portions of the roadway and the tow trucks had to get in to remove some of the vehicles," said Wausau Police Lt. Nathan Pekarske.

Granite Peak crews said the Department of Transportation is aware of the snow making, and that drivers should always be careful.

"It's like mother nature you can't predict when she dumps snow or ice on the roads,” said Howe. “It's Wisconsin winter so you always got to be on the defensive."

The snow may not be real this time, but it's another reminder that winter is on its way.

Since it's supposed to be warmer Friday evening, crews will continue the snow making next week. They're estimating to be finished in a month and a half.

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