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Frequent, Small Snowfalls Challenging for Public Works

Despite the fact that we have not seen any extreme snowstorms in Marathon County so far this year, we are still well above average when it comes to snowfall totals. Wausau has seen around 23 inches so far in December, with most of it coming in amounts of less than one inch at a time.

The frequent, small snowfalls are creating a headache for local snow plow drivers. They have been dispatched out 17 different times to salt and clear roadways in Wausau so far this season. That is up from just 5 times at this point last year.

Public Works administrators say that larger snow events are sometimes more manageable than small ones.

"My preference would be a couple of snowstorms that have a lot of snow. At least with that it takes you a little bit to fight through that and get it up and plowed. I think it takes less resources to do that. " says Streets Superintendent Don Skare.

While we have seen nearly a foot more of snow than normal this month, Public Works says they will still be prepared to handle anything Mother Nature can throw at them.

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