Winter Storm Venus has been named by the winter storm naming committee at The Weather Channel. The snow from Venus is already underway in parts of the northern and central Rockies and the adjacent High Plains. Winter storm warnings have been posted for parts of western South Dakota, southwest North Dakota, northwest Nebraska, central/eastern Wyoming and parts of northern Colorado. The winter storm warning in northern Colorado includes the Denver metro area.

The snow is being produced by a strong upper-atmospheric area of low pressure that is sliding east into the Plains from the interior West. As of Saturday afternoon, snow was falling in parts of Colorado, Wyoming and western South Dakota, including the Rapid City area. The Sierra Nevada in California has also seen some beneficial snowfall, with reports of over a foot of new snow in the southern Sierra. Light accumulating snow also fell in the mountains of Southern California on Friday. MORE