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Resident Sam Cornia brushes snow off of the (Credit: AP)

Resident Sam Cornia brushes snow off of the windshield of his car in Laramie, Wyo. Officials warned drivers to stay off the roads in eastern Wyoming, where reports of 5 to 10 inches of snow were common. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Snow storm, tornadoes wallop Great Plains

In the span of 24 hours, the scenic Black Hills in South Dakota were coated in up to three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow, one of several Great Plains states walloped by a storm system that's caused millions of dollars in damage.

Resident Sam Cornia brushes snow off of the
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Resident Sam Cornia brushes snow off of the windshield of his car in Laramie, Wyo. Officials warned drivers to stay off the roads in eastern Wyoming, where reports of 5 to 10 inches of snow were common. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Trucks ascend Vail Pass along I-70 after overnight
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Trucks ascend Vail Pass along I-70 after overnight snow fell in the mountains of Colorado. Powerful storms moved into the Midwest due to a cold weather system gaining strength as it traveled east from Colorado and Wyoming. (Oct. 4, 2013)

A car passes golden Aspen leaves and fresh
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A car passes golden Aspen leaves and fresh snow covering the roadside along I-70 near Frisco, Colo. Powerful storms moved into the Midwest on Friday due to a cold weather system gaining strength as it traveled east from Colorado and Wyoming. (Oct. 4, 2013)

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Ronnie Tonuci, 21 of Rapid City, S.D., puts
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Ronnie Tonuci, 21 of Rapid City, S.D., puts gas in his pickup truck after it ran out in the middle of an early season blizzard in Rapid City. Blizzards rolled into parts of Wyoming and South Dakota, bringing the snow-savvy states to an unseasonably early winter standstill. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Zack Ruml, 20, of Rapid City, S.D, lifts
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Zack Ruml, 20, of Rapid City, S.D, lifts a heavy crab apple tree branch off of his 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix. The branch smashed the rear window and dented the trunk. Trees in the city are still fully leaved, and the heavy snow is breaking trees throughout the city. (Oct. 4, 2013)

A truck plows an elevated section of I-70
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A truck plows an elevated section of I-70 after overnight snow fell near Copper Mountain, Colo. Powerful storms moved into the Midwest due to a cold weather system gaining strength as it traveled east from Colorado and Wyoming. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Brenda Nolting, of Rapid City, S.D., rolls her

Brenda Nolting, of Rapid City, S.D., rolls her cart to her car after stocking up on necessities at a local supermarket in Rapid City. An early snow storm has swept through Wyoming and western South Dakota, dropping more than a foot of snow in places. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Several buildings sit damaged after what witnesses said
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Several buildings sit damaged after what witnesses said was tornadoes swept through the southeast corner of Wayne, Neb. A deadly storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains that caused millions of dollars in damage. (Oct. 5, 2013)

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Residents try to free a house panel from
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Residents try to free a house panel from where it was lodged against a tree after a tornado in Bennet, Neb., on Oct. 4, 2013. Powerful storms crawled into the Midwest on Friday, dumping heavy snow in South Dakota, spawning a tornado in Nebraska and threatening dangerous thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.

Travis Randall walks through the debris-strewn yard of
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Travis Randall walks through the debris-strewn yard of his parent's home in Hickman, Neb., on Oct. 4, 2013, after it was struck by a tornado. Powerful storms crawled into the Midwest, dumping heavy snow in South Dakota, spawning a tornado in Nebraska and threatening dangerous thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.

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