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Hoosiers prepare as winter storm approaches

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Drivers lined up at gas stations as precipitation began to fall. Drivers lined up at gas stations as precipitation began to fall.
Shoppers bought food for animals and supplies to clear snow and ice Thursday afternoon. Shoppers bought food for animals and supplies to clear snow and ice Thursday afternoon.
FRANKLIN -

In Franklin, bad weather is good for business.

Gas stations were busy with drivers fueling up and grabbing up packs of cigarettes.

At the supermarket, shoppers were driving in circles, looking for empty parking spaces, it was that busy with shoppers like Leslie Johnson.

"I got hungry people at home," she said.

Leslie rushed out to beat the weather and stock up.

"I know we live in Indiana," she explained with half a smile. "I know it happens every year, but you gotta be ready."

Winter Storm Warning issued

At the Tractor Supply Store, there was a near-constant line of customers buying farm animal and pet food, as well as weather supplies.

When we arrived, most of the snow shovels were gone. Workers restocked to keep up with people carrying them out the door.

Larry Block figures the ground is too warm for ice, but he bought plenty of salt anyway.

"I am gonna be ready for it before it runs out," he said

Over at the county highway department, Director@Luke Mastin looked at the gray sky and said, "Ideally, we would rather be worrying about this a month from now."

But now, Johnson County's highway department is working around the clock preparing for freezing rain, then sleet, then snow.

"But that's normal, especially for working in Indiana trying to do winter maintenance," Mastin said.

Schools are already planning for Friday morning.@Dr. David Clendening, Franklin Community School Superintendent, insisted "We want to make sure safety reigns supreme."

Johnson County superintendents have scheduled a 5 a.m. conference call to compare notes on road and weather conditions, as well as the day's forecast.

"I will consider three of those phases - before school, during school, and after school, when I make a decision," Clendening said.

A decision affecting thousands of children and their families.

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