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Opening of snowmobile trails postponed

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Local snowmobile trails were supposed to open Sunday morning. But there's not enough snow on the ground.

Area snowmobile clubs require at least six inches of snow on the trails before they're operational.

Because temperatures were considerably higher Friday and Saturday, the snow began to melt, said Nancy Olson, La Crosse County Director of the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs.

The snowmobiling season can run anywhere between Dec. 1 to March 31.

This year it was pushed back to at least Dec. 16 because of the gun deer hunt, Olson said.

Clubs try to have the trails open by Christmas.

"I'm disappointed too," Olson said. "But I also know how important it is to keep a solid base. And one day of fun isn't worth destroying what we have gotten together so far."

Some snowmobile trails are set to open Monday at 8 a.m.

To see which ones are open, call the 24-hour Trail Condition Hot Line at (608) 782-4500.

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