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Southern Rockies Set For More Weekend Snow; Sierra And Cascades Wait

Wolf Creek powderThe West will continue a season-long a pattern of localized storms that have yet to significantly inundate any particular region, even as the Northeast gets knee-high powder.

Another El Niño-like storm is expected to come up from the Baja and hit the southern tier of the Rockies Friday and Saturday. The farther south you are, the more snow is expected. Sunrise Park east of Phoenix, Ariz. is forecasted for up to two feet, and Ski Apache above Ruidoso, N.M. should come close to that, according to forecasters.

“We expect significant snow across the southwest U.S. including Arizona, Colorado, and northern N.M., with some heavy totals expected, and some lighter snow for Utah, Wyoming, and Montana,” Snowforecast’s Chris Manly tells SnoCountry.com.

Wolf Creek is expected to have powder days this weekend, and central Colorado resorts should get 1-3 inches from the northern edge of the storm over the weekend. Then, the weather should clear up in time for the Feb. 2 start of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships at Beaver Creek and Vail.

In the Sierra and Cascades, anything is welcome as several Tahoe and SoCal resorts have reduced hours while their eyes remain on the skies. A high pressure ridge pushes storms into Canada until Sunday-Monday, when OpenSnow.com forecaster Larry Schick says a weak system with colder temps should get snow down to 3,000 feet elevation. He sees 1-5 inches for next week. 

Northern Utah is expected to be calm into next week, but the southern resorts of Brian Head and Eagle Point should benefit from the southern nature of the storm, with snowfall predicted up to double digits.

Photo: Top -- More powder is on the way to Colorado's Wolf Creek (Wolf Creek/Facebook); Below -- Sunrise Park in Arizona is looking for another snow dump this weekend (Sunrise Park/Facebook)

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