WAITING FOR HELP’This van was traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 87 when it hit a patch of ice on the roadway. It slid safely into the ditch where it remained until road crews were able to assist in pulling it out. After over a week of above-normal temperatures in the Heart of Texas, a cold front that moved through the area in the pre-dawn hours Thursday left some interesting calling cards. Nearly an inch of hail fell on the Live Oak Hills community located on U.S. Hwy. 87 south only a few miles from Brady. The hail covered the ground and roadway creating hazardous driving conditions along approximately one mile of roadway. Texas Department of Transportation crews arrived early Thursday morning with a blade scraper to assist in removing the hail and ice from the roadway. One van traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 87 lost control and slid into the ditch where it remained until road crews pulled it out after they finished clearing the ice. Road conditions around the rest of the area remained clear with the exception of this one isolated area. Forecasters are calling for continued clearing weather coupled with temperatures that are expected to be back in the mid to upper 60s over the weekend.