Road shutdowns hinder path to mounting powder – Crested Butte

Alan Hegeman

Road shutdowns hinder path to mounting powder – Crested Butte

Alan Hegeman of Crested Butte uses his snowblower Tuesday to remove the overnight accumulation on his driveway. Colorado ski areas welcomed the dump — if only snow enthusiasts could reach them. (Nathan Bilow, The Associated Press)

A large, growing blanket of fresh mountain snow is beckoning to skiers — if only they can get there.

Another 2 to 3 feet of snow is expected in Colorado’s central mountains today on top of 2 to 4 feet that has fallen on most areas there since Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter-storm warning remains in effect for most of western Colorado until 5 p.m. Thursday, with wind gusts of more than 30 mph near the Continental Divide, forecasters warned Tuesday night.

Travelers are being told to stay home, if possible, until the latest round of Pacific storms passes.

The storm so far has generated avalanches, scores of fender-benders and long delays. Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower.