While Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter yesterday, officials in Yellowstone National Park are thinking ahead to plowing the park’s roads for the season. This year, says Park Spokesman Al Nash, the park’s budget will allow plowing to take place on schedule. Nash says, “We are planning to begin our normal spring opening procedure on time in early March.” With 251 miles of roads to clear of an entire season’s snow accumulation, Nash says it will take numerous weeks to clear the roads and let them dry out and stabilize before the park can be opened. In the meantime, he says over snow travel on the roads has been good. Says Nash: “You know, we’ve had a pretty good year for over-snow travel in Yellowstone, and frankly, I know that we still have several weeks of over-snow travel ahead of us.” Last year, the communities of Cody and Jackson came up with money to pay state crews to help plow Yellowstone’s roads after federal spending cuts reduced the park budget which would have delayed plowing and thus the opening of the park’s entrances. Tourism interests feared such delays would severely impact local tourism.