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Snowmobilers anxious to head "up north" after Wednesday snow


EAGLE RIVER, WI (WTAQ) - The new snow was hardly on the ground when the phones started ringing off the hook at Chamber of Commerce offices in northern Wisconsin.

It seems that lots of snowmobilers want to know about the conditions “up north” – where 4 to 10 inches of snow fell on Wednesday.

It was music to the ears of Northwoods businesses which have had a poor tourism season due to a lack of snow. But now, the National Weather Service says most of Vilas County has 10 to 16 inches of snow on the ground. And other parts of the north have 7 to 15 inches.

Eagle River Chamber director Connie Heeg said 11 snowmobiles whizzed by his office while he was on the phone – and he saw more machines riding around Thursday than any other day this winter.

Kim Baltus of the Minocqua Area Chamber said it should make for a good weekend for the riders.

Central Wisconsin also expects an influx of snowmobilers. Marathon County trails re-open at noon Friday, and Wood County’s trails will open Saturday morning.

Most places in central Wisconsin, the Fox Valley, and Door County have 6 to 14 inch snow covers. And forecasters say another coating of light snow is likely Saturday and possible on Sunday and Monday nights.