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Below normal snowfall affects businesses

Published On: Jan 26 2013 12:57:29 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 26 2013 01:00:04 PM CST
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -

Spotty snowfall in the Upper Midwest is making some business owners happy and hurting others.

Snow accumulation is below normal across the region for the second consecutive winter. It's picked up over the past week as temperatures have fallen dramatically. But some areas are having a feast and others a famine.

In much of Wisconsin and Minnesota, snowmobile rental companies and plow truck drivers are getting little demand. Chicago got its first inch-deep layer of snow Friday.

Sarah Long said bare ground caused her resort in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to lose nearly three weeks' worth of reservations. But heavy lake-effect snow in recent days has turned things around.

Some resorts have begun offering winter activities that don't require snow, such as wine tasting and ice fishing.

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