If you live on the I-95 corridor from Virginia to New England, Winter Storm Janus is about chill you out. The storm is expected to be short but intense, delivering 6-12 inches of the fluffy stuff to most major cities along the Eastern Seabord. Here's what you need to know:
1. 50 Million People Will Be Affected
According to The Weather Channel , the low pressure system powering Janus will bring light snow to Virginia and North Carolina by midday today. But that will merely be a warm-up (or cold-up) for the intense snowfalls Janus will bring to the Mid-Atlantic region in the afternoon. A strengthening low pressure system, with cold arctic high pressure building behind it will bring at least 4-6 inches of snow to D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. So basically everywhere "real" Americans live.
The worst conditions for those first three mid-atlantic cities coming this afternoon and evening, for the northern cities heaviest snow will come more towards the evening and on through the night. The storm will be gone for most by Wednesday morning, but may hang around coastal New England towns until tomorrow afternoon.
The snow will march all the way to the coast, affecting Delaware, the eastern shores of Maryland and New Jersey.
2. The Wind Is Going to Feel Terrible
The storm will bring northerly winds of 15-30mph, and as temperatures fall into the 20s tonight, we'll be experiencing subzero wind-chills across the northeast.
3. The Snow Will Be Here for a While
The cold air Janus brings will linger for a while after he's passed. Highs will stay below freezing the rest of the week for the entire northeast, providing solid snowman building conditions on into the weekend.
4. Janus Is the God of Beginnings and Transitions
In ancient Roman mythology, Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions, of gates, doors, passages, endings, break-ups, freshman year, and time. He has two faces, one looking to the past, the other looking for hot chicks.
The Weather Channel began naming winter storms just last year, based on the idea that naming a winter storm raises awareness and makes the storm easier to track. It also makes the weather more "hash-tagable".
It also provides a handy search term for a budding news site looking for some traffic...
5. This Winter Is Colder Than Last Summer Was Hot
Janus is the tenth winter storm of the year to warrant a name. According to USA Today, the U.S. saw more record low temperatures than record high ones in 2013.
The chill is a change of pace for most Americans, who have enjoyed two consecutive abnormally mild winters. According to CBS, last December ran 3.7° above average, after December 2011 posted eye-brow raising, windbreaker-donning 5.3° above average.
But don't worry, scientists still agree global warming will surely kill our children.