SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (October 4, 2013)--The manager of a truck stop along Interstate 90 near Rapid City, South Dakota, said the business was like a ghost town Friday, as drivers heeded the warnings of forecasters to stay off the roads.
A foot of snow had fallen in the scenic Black Hills by early Friday, producing blizzard conditions that closed roadways.
Residents were 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 Friday’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 were also taking aim on other parts of the Midwest and the Plains.
Large hail and strong winds are forecast later Friday in northwestern Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, heavy rain that settled into parts of Iowa was expected to move northeast into Wisconsin.