Ice, snow and rain pound central US, at least 3 dead, 1 missing

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Deadly Flooding Into the Weekend, Flood Resues in Texas

At least three people were killed and another missing in Texas after being caught in high waters caused by a storm system that brought snow, ice and torrential rain to an area stretching from New Mexico to Illinois, officials said on Friday.

The system is expected to dump as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain through the weekend in parts of North Texas, coat the Lubbock area in ice and drop up to a foot (30 cms) of snow in northern parts of New Mexico, the National Weather Service said.

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The agency has issued a flood watch for the region extending from the Dallas area into Oklahoma and Louisiana, and up through parts of southern Illinois.

It has also issued an ice storm watch for the Texas panhandle, parts of eastern New Mexico and western Oklahoma.

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Ice, snow and rain pound central US, at least 3 dead, 1 missing
A tow truck, right, pulls up to clear a tractor-trailer and sports utility vehicle stuck in snow on an off ramp off Interstate 70 as a winter storm packing high winds and snow blankets the plains Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Aurora, Colo. The storm has closed much of Interstate 70, Colorado's main east-west highway, because of blizzard conditions on the Eastern Plains as well as in northwest Kansas. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Al Frelk walks his dog, Shiba, 10, in Lords Park in Elgin, Ill., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Asked about the snow, Frelk said, 'It's beautiful, but can be tough to drive in. Though Shiba has been waiting 9 months for this.' The first winter storm of the season dropped more than 10 inches of snow at numerous Chicagoland locations. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
A man holds a kid as he walks on the side walk during a snowstorm, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Prospect Height, Ill. After the first winter storm of the season dropped more than 10 inches of snow at numerous locations across the northern suburbs and cancelled hundreds of flights at O'Hare, the end is in sight - but not until after more snow falls. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A sedan sits standed along Interstate 70 while a Colorado Department of Transportation plow works to clear a frontage road as a winter storm packing high winds and snow blankets the plains Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Aurora, Colo. The storm has closed much of Interstate 70, Colorado's main east-west highway, because of blizzard conditions on the Eastern Plains as well as in northwest Kansas. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Flatirons mountain formation lies dusted white after a night of light snowfall, in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The brunt of a winter storm sweeping across the Rockies has been seen mostly in the south and east of Colorado, with much of Colorado's main east-west highway closed because of blizzard conditions on the state's Eastern Plains. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Vehicles move slowly on the road as snow falls Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Wheeling, Ill. The first significant snowstorm of the season blanketed some parts of the Midwest with more than a foot of snow and more was on the way Saturday, creating hazardous travel conditions and flight delays. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A woman cleans snow from her car on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Northbrook, Ill. The first significant snowstorm of the season blanketed some parts of the Midwest with more than a foot of snow and more was on the way Saturday, creating hazardous travel conditions and flight delays. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Snow blankets the stand at Kinnick Stadium before the start of Iowa's NCAA college football game against Purdue, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
A screen displays flight status information at O'Hare International Airport, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The first significant snowstorm of the season blanketed some parts of the Midwest with more than a foot of snow and more was on the way Saturday, creating hazardous travel conditions and flight delays.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
A gate with a road closed sign blocks entrance to an on ramp to Interstate 70 as a winter storm packing high winds and snow blankets the plains Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Aurora, Colo. The storm has closed much of Interstate 70, Colorado's main east-west highway, because of blizzard conditions on the Eastern Plains as well as in northwest Kansas. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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In Garland, outside of Dallas, one person was found dead in a car that had been submerged in flood waters, firefighters said on Friday.

In Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, a body was pulled out of a car that was swept away in raging waters overnight and there was one more death associated with the flooding, emergency management for the county said.

In Tarrant County, Texas, where Fort Worth is located, a woman believed to be in her seventies went missing after she was swept away with her vehicle in high water, the sheriff's office said.

Tarrant County Deputy Krystal Salazar, 26, tried to save the woman but was also swept away, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said.

"She (Salazar) was found about two hours later clinging to a tree branch," said spokesman Terry Grisham.

The deputy has been treated and released from an area hospital.

Icy roads and bridges contributed to a rash of vehicle crashes and rollovers in Missouri and Kansas on Friday morning, causing minor to moderate injuries, according to accident reports posted by highway patrols in both states.

A woman died after being ejected from a car when the driver lost control on an Interstate 35 bridge about 20 miles north of Kansas City, but weather was not listed as a factor.

In Oklahoma, more than 2,100 customers were without power Oklahoma Gas & Electric said.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Addiitonal reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City, Missouri; Editing by Bernadette Baum, Chris Reese and Chizu Nomiyama)

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