Everything You Need to Know About Winter Storm Janus

Blizzards during Winter Storm Hercules affect Hudson Street in lower Manhattan on Jan. 3, 2014

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01/21/2014 AT 12:05 PM ET

Three weeks after winter storm Hercules dumped a foot of snow on the Midwest and Northeast, another name emerges from antiquity to pummel America with snow: Janus, a winter storm traveling up the East Coast Tuesday.

(The National Weather Service does not name winter storms – Hercules and Janus are inventions of The Weather Channel – but in the social-media age, having a specific name for a storm can be useful.)

Below, every question you may have about Janus, answered.

First Hercules, now Janus. What’s with all those Greek names?

They’re Roman, actually, and there’s no reason. The Weather Channel just decided it would be that way.

So Janus, huh? That name sounds familiar.

It should! Janus was the Roman god of beginnings and endings, and he’s what they named January after.

Wait, he looked like a calendar?

No, of course not. Janus had two faces: one looking forward, one looking backward.

Like this kitten!

Yes, exactly like this kitten. Also, there was once a two-headed turtle named Janus who lived in Geneva:

Wasn’t Janus also the name of the bad guy in GoldenEye?

Yes, good memory. Sean Bean played Alec “Janus” Trevelyan in the 1995 James Bond film. (He assumed the name because of his two-faced nature.)

I used to play as him in the video game.

Cool story. Do you have any actual questions about the storm?

I do! Mostly, how much snow will I get?

It varies. New England will get the worst, but the Boston-Washington corridor can expect 6 to 12 inches, while parts of Maine, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Ohio can expect around 3 inches. Also, you probably shouldn’t try to fly: 2,000 flights have been canceled.

Yikes. What should I do instead?

If you can, why not stay inside and watch this 7-year-old piano prodigy on Ellen?



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