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Silver Mine Invitational organizers prepared for weather threats

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - With the threat of a winter storm later this week, organizers for the Silver Mine Invitational said they're prepared to continue ski jumping this weekend.

Event officials said snow won't be the main issue; in fact, they welcome it.
However, the wind is the biggest threat.

If it's blowing behind the jumpers, there will be no problems.

However, if the gusts are in front of or beside those competing, some back-up plans will have to be put into effect.

Officials said the safety of the jumpers is the most important thing.

"We'll be watching this very carefully for the athletes," said Dan Mattoon, the tournament director for the Silver Mine Invitational. "If really need be, we can delay the competition. If need be, we can start out maybe earlier Saturday to make another competition."

Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Jumping begins at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.

McKenna Alexander

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