Heavy Snows Hit Great Plains

Chad Hoffman clears snow from the entrance to his apartment building in Rapid City, S.D,,  Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.  South Dakota emergency agencies are asking snowmobile operators in the Rapid City area to help find motorists stranded by an autumn storm. The National Weather Service says the storm dumped at least three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow in the Black Hills. Rapid City had 21 inches, but 31 inches was recorded just a mile southwest of the city. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Chris Huber)

Chad Hoffman clears snow from the entrance to his apartment building in Rapid City, S.D,, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. South Dakota emergency agencies are asking snowmobile operators in the Rapid City area to help find motorists stranded by an autumn storm. The National Weather Service says the storm dumped at least three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow in the Black Hills. Rapid City had 21 inches, but 31 inches was recorded just a mile southwest of the city. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Chris Huber)

The weather is so bad in the Great Plains that even plow trucks are getting stuck.

Heavy snow, strong rain, hail storms and tornadoes hit the region in the last few days, cutting power and stranding drivers while causing at least 3 deaths.

While the Dakotas are digging out of up to 43 inches of snow, Nebraska and Iowa are reeling from nine tornadoes that touched down Friday evening.

Rapid City plow driver Jesse Curnow said Saturday morning things weren't moving so smoothly in chest-high drifts after a record 21-inch snowfall.

"I'm trapped. I can kind of move, but only a little bit," Curnow said by telephone from the cab of his truck.

Here are some images of the record-breaking storm.

Oct 5, 7:40 PM EDT AP

 
 

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