Another rainstorm threatened the already devastated hills north of Los Angeles where searchers found one body and a dozen people were still reported missing after a killer storm destroyed the mountain hamlet of Hidden Springs.
The search was called off after the National Weather Service predicted two more inches of rain with thunderstorms.
Of 21 missing in the water and mud that engulfed the Angeles national forest community, eight were located safely Saturday night and early yesterday, and one was found dead.
"Those mountains are saturated now," a sheriff's department spokesman said. "The danger of slides is greater. Some of the boulders are just hanging there waiting fall."
In Los Angeles, an emergency was decalred in the Sunland and Tujunga areas, making them eligible for federal and state disaster aid.
In northern California near the Nevada border, a huge avalanche of snow, 1 1/2 miles long, thundered down from the High Sierra, sweeping three men from shore to death in a freezing resort lake at Bridgeport.
To the east, a slow-moving storm spread snow through the upper half of the Plains, freezing rain and sleet across Missouri, Arkansas and the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, and rain and thunderstorms to eastern Texas.
At Warsaw, Ky., barges moved smoothly through the reopened locks at Markland Dam on the Ohio River after an ice-jammed tow was freed.
The Exxon Pennsylvania, a 108-foot-wide, eight-barge tow with 7.46 million gallons of gasoline, was freed after five days wedged in the 110-foot-wide locks. It had blocked 29 tows heading upstream and 19 down.
A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the locks, said about half the cargo carried by two on the river is coal. Many electric utilities have been counting on it to help replenish dwindling stockpiles.