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Icy traffic crashes in Wausau thanks to Granite Peak Ski Area

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - Some streets in Wausau were covered with ice Friday morning -- but not because of a snowstorm. 

The National Weather Service said the snow came from the Granite Peak Ski Area, which towers over the city from the west atop Rib Mountain. 

Wausau Police were called to several crashes Friday morning on the multi-lane Grand Avenue. No one was hurt. 

Public works officials salted the affected areas, and traffic moved normally again.  

Early morning temperatures were in the teens in parts of north central Wisconsin the past couple days -- but that problem got solved late this morning when the mercury went above 32. 

Forecasters say it should stay above freezing in the 30's and 40's at least until Sunday. 

The Wausau Daily Herald says traffic crashes from the man-made snow happen occasionally. Granite Peak has 500 snow guns. Most of the white stuff lands on ski runs, but some of it gets blown downwind.

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