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Department of Public Works Declares Storm “The Big One”

Snowquester has a rival. In a press release touting its snow readiness, the Department of Public Works has come up with its own phrasing for tonight's storm: "the Big One."

"D.C. snow team deploys for the Big One," reads the press release, which announces that 230 snow plows will start operating around 11 p.m. But is "the Big One" better than "snowquester"?

On one hand, the Big One is certainly more intimidating than snowquester, which comes off like the politics nerd joke that it is. On the other, calling this storm "the Big One" means this storm had better be fearsome. This is snowquester's advantage: if it fizzles, you can say it had a negligible impact, just like (potentially) its namesake.

In other Snowquester/Big One news, Metro has canceled its Tuesday night trackwork in preparation for the storm.

Update, 2:45 p.m.: The snow team has a fancy logo.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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