SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The manager of a truck stop along Interstate 90 near Rapid City, South Dakota, says it's been like a ghost town today, as drivers heed the warnings of forecasters to stay off the roads.
A foot of snow had fallen in the scenic Black Hills by early today, bringing blizzard conditions that closed roadways. Residents are bracing for as much as three feet of snow, along with wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour, from an unseasonably intense fall snowstorm.
The storm canceled today's Oktoberfest events in the Old West tourist town of Deadwood, where residents and tourists had been planning to polka their way through a bar tour of the town.
Powerful storms are also taking aim on other parts of the Midwest and the Plains. Large hail and strong winds are forecast later today in northwestern Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the heavy rain that has settled into parts of Iowa is expected to move northeast into Wisconsin.
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