(February 10, 2014)--The temperature has dipped below freezing on 56 of the past 90 days in Central Texas, the most since recordkeeping started in 1909, and the cold is taking a physical and emotional toll.
"It affects your behavior (and) it changes the way you think, act and talk,” Waco physician Dr. Tim Martindale said.
“It changes the way you relate to others, it changes the way you feel about your job, it changes the way you feel about your relationships and it can't help but have an effect on a whole community,” he said. (John Carroll)
CENTRAL TEXAS (February 12, 2014) Several area schools had announced delayed starts Wednesday morning after a cold night that left patches of ice on area roadways.
More than 30 area school districts had announced delays Wednesday morning along with several private schools and day care centers.
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Delayed districts included: Waco ISD, Robinson ISD, Midway ISD, Mexia ISD, Marlin ISD, LaVega ISD, Hillsboro ISD, Connally ISD and China Spring ISD.
Main roads in the Waco area were reported clear Wednesday morning but police said there was the possibility of icing, especially on bridges, overpasses and other elevated roadways so drivers were urged to use extreme caution.
Brady Taylor, in the News 10 Weather Center, said with the coming of sunrise, temperatures will warm and any threat of ice should be gone by 9 a.m.
Police did respond to several crashes overnight that were the result of slick streets.
Paramedics and firefighters responded Tuesday evening to a report of a major accident at the intersection of Highway 31 and Highway 84 northeast of Waco in which ice may have been a factor.
The light rain and freezing drizzle produced a glaze on some bridges, overpasses and side roads, forecasters said, and there was a slight chance of a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow.
Forecasters said any wet spots on roadways would refreeze overnight as the temperature dropped into the mid-20s, leaving icy spots that could present a hazard.
In North Texas, at least four people have died in traffic accidents on icy roads including a Dallas firefighter who was knocked from an Interstate 20 ramp.
A police report says firefighter William Scott Tanksley died Monday night after a vehicle struck him.
Tanksley, who responded to a weather-related accident, fell more than 50 feet.
An SUV driver died Tuesday in Tarrant County when his vehicle skidded on an icy bridge and hit a tree.
His name wasn't immediately released.
A man was killed before dawn Tuesday in a wreck on westbound I-20 in Forest Hill.
Jeffrey Rozas died at the scene.
A 16-year-old girl died Monday night in Denton County in a two-vehicle wreck near Haslet.
The Department of Public Safety identified her as Katelyn Hooper.