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Freezing rain hits Central Texas

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Many Texans expect a few weeks of cold weather each winter, but icy roads are an entirely different story.

"Texas drivers collectively lose their minds because it gets a little cold,” Ryan Williams, a Chicago-native now living in Waco, said. “They're not used to the cold I suppose."

Unfortunately, that lack of experience proved deadly Friday morning. One crash on Interstate 35 led to a second crash just a moment later, killing 53-year-old Raymondo Carrasco.

Temple Police officials say a second driver was also severely injured in Friday morning's wreck on I-35. There's no word on that driver's name or condition.

For several hours, Temple police had to redirect traffic from the accident.

"This is our first real bad winter storm,” Cpl. Christopher Wilcox with the Temple Police Department said. “We're just asking everyone to slow down, take their time, and be very careful. I fear that the roads probably get worse before they get better."

Usually it's the bridges and overpasses that get slick first.

"Because we have wind going over and under those structures get much colder than the ground or the roadway, so as a result, ice will form there from whatever moisture might be laying on those structures," Ken Roberts with the Texas Department of Transportation said.

The traffic jams may be frustrating, but officials say patience is the key on frozen roads.

"These kinds of wintry days in Central Texas are very short lived, you know three or four days and we should be back to warm weather," Roberts said.

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