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Hill Country preparing for winter weather

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Residents of the Hill Country are preparing for winter weather as a storm that may produce frozen precipitation is expected to move through the area Friday morning.

A cold wind cut through the Burnet town square Thursday morning. It made this tea shop a popular spot because of all the hot drinks and soups on the menu.

"We actually met with our distributor last week when we heard this cold front was coming in and told them we needed to be ready for this," said Trace Catlin of Texas Tea-licious

Burnet ISD is also prepared for the cold snap. A winter weather plan, to close or delay the opening of schools, is ready to be activated, according to Superintendent Keith McBurnett.

"One of the things we did was to meet with all of our administrators this morning and just made sure everyone remembered the plan," McBurnett said.

To get the word out- a computerized notification system can send emails, text messages and even make phone calls to parents. The decision making process will start around 3:00 AM with an assessment of road conditions. There is a lot to look at. The district covers nearly 700 square miles.

"Close to 70% of our kids ride the bus so if we can't safely transport them, then we are going to call school," McBurnett said.

If the buses do roll out in the morning each one has already been winterzied. Friday morning the daily safety checks by the drivers will include a can of de-icer.

On Thursday crews with TxDOT started gearing up early. Devices to spread gravel and sand were hooked up Thursday morning to a couple of trucks. Piles of sand were also being prepared to be load up.

All the commotion caused a stir at a goat ranch next door. Carley Frost, and yes that's her real name, told FOX 7 she, her family and her livestock are also prepared for the winter blast.

"I think so we anticipate this every year, we look forward to it, the kids love the cold weather and love the snow and love the ice, all of that, so year I think we are prepared we're excited , it's fun," Frost said.

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