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Rain, Snow Pound Western US States

Snow is still falling in several western U.S. states where a powerful winter storm has been blamed for at least three deaths and has interrupted power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses.

Officials are searching in the mountains east of Los Angeles, California, for a hiker last seen as the snow began falling on Friday. In Colorado's Rocky Mountains, searchers are looking for four snowmobilers also missing since Friday.

Residents in parts of southern California have been advised to leave their homes because of flood risks in areas damaged by wildfires earlier this year.

In the Sierra Nevada mountains, blizzard conditions caused officials to shut down Interstate 80, a major highway, for 15 hours.

California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared emergencies in three counties hard-hit by the storm

Forecasters say the region will get anywhere from two to three meters of snow by the end of Sunday.

Saturday In the town of Fernley, Nevada, about 800 homes were flooded when a canal ruptured following a storm. Official say more than 3,000 people were affected, with many evacuated to a local school.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.