Spotty snowfall, not good for local business owners

CREATED Jan 26, 2013

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A month later, and it's still not beginning to look like a lot like Christmas.

This winter, the upper Midwest has seen spotty snowfall, at best.

Snow accumulation is below normal for the second consecutive winter in much of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan.

That's affecting local business owners.

Sarah Long tells the Associated Press that 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.

Elsewhere, snowmobile rental companies and plow truck drivers are losing money in much of Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

Chicago got its first accumulation of snow Friday, but it was just one-inch.