(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.
No, of course not. Janus had two faces: one looking forward, one looking backward.
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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.)
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.
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If you can, why not stay inside and watch this 7-year-old piano prodigy on Ellen?