Crested Butte area could get up to 8 feet of snow |

Crested Butte area could get up to 8 feet of snow

Loveland/Dustin SchaeferSkier Doug Evans in some heavy stuff at Loveland Monday.

DENVER (AP) – Snow that forecasters say could reach “epic proportions” is blanketing parts of western Colorado, leaving some cars along Interstate 70 stranded.

The snow isn’t expected to make it to the east side of the Rockies, but winds of up 80 mph are battering the Colorado Springs area. Property owners tell The Gazette that windows of several vehicles have been broken by flying rocks. Gusts toppled a tractor-trailer on Interstate 25.

The National Weather Service says the central Colorado mountains could get up to a foot of snow by Tuesday and the top of the Grand Mesa and areas around Crested Butte above 9,000 feet could have 6 to 8 feet of snow by Thursday.

Eastbound I-70 in Vail closed because of vehicles stuck in the snow, but was reopened Monday afternoon.

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