Flooding forced evacuations and closed roads yesterday in Indiana and Ohio, and a new storm headed into wind-ravaged Washington state with a threat of snow and high wind.
Highways were icy across parts of the Plains, and towing services were kept busy. "We're getting three to four times the normal number of calls," said Mark Moody at Oklahoma City's American Automobile Association.
Since the start of the season's first strong cold wave Dec. 18, at least 96 deaths have been attributed to the weather.
Temperatures dipped to numbing lows again, including a record 23 below zero at Scottsbluff, Neb.; 30 below at Rapid City, S.D., a record for December, and an unofficial 40 below at Porcupine, S.D. Even Honolulu joined in with an untropical record low of 57. Some church services were reported canceled around Mitchell, S.D., which hit 24 below.
Temperatures have dropped below freezing nightly for close to two weeks in many areas of California. Sacramento has had a record 11 consecutive nights with freezing temperatures. "It's affecting everyone. People are losing their jobs over it," said Lori Segrue, who works at a vineyard in Kingsburg, south of Fresno. California Gov. George Deukmejian declared a state of emergency in the Santa Cruz Mountains where public water systems were shut down by the cold.