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Fredericksburg Welcomes Friday Snowfall
An overnight snow turned one Texas Hill Country town into a winter wonderland, as snow covered Fredericksburg early Friday morning. The lure of a snowball fight was too great for some to resist in downtown, as the Market Platz quickly became a hub for those looking to capture the moment or take it all in during a predawn jog, braving slick sidewalks and some icy spots on streets.
"Kinda went all over the road a time or two," said Donna Cummings, visiting from San Saba, about the drive in. She was taking pictures of the snow in the downtown square around 5 a.m.
City Manager Kent Myers says the city began preparing on Wednesday after seeing the weather forecast.
“We had sand loaded on the truck, we had extra sand available," said Myers. "Our street department did not have to respond last night. They went out and inspected the roads, determined that the bridges and roads were still clear, so we did not actually have to do any sanding."
Myers says crews will continue keeping an eye on the roads, especially bridges, throughout Friday and will do sanding if necessary. He says they have all of the equipment and supplies they need, part of their normal budget.
Roads cleared even more as daylight broke, and more locals like Jet Itz savored their first chance in years to see the holiday lights covered in snow.
"I would love to have more,” said Itz. “We could be building snowman's right here!”
Others decided to make the plaza their playground.
"First we gotta go to the dentist then hopefully we can play snowballs," said Brandon Clowers, who was playing in the snow with his family.
But even for non-locals, like Houston-area newlyweds Laura and Lowell Bacak, who were spending their honeymoon in Fredericksburg, Friday was one for the memory books.
"I thought 'Wow, what an amazing honeymoon,'" said Laura Bacak. “Cause who goes on a honeymoon and it's supposed to snow?"
A beautiful beginning to happily ever after.
By Adam Bennett