"The storm's timing was diabolical -- too late for a white Christmas, but just in time to disrupt the travel plans of thousands trying to get home after the holiday, to return unwanted gifts or to take advantage of post-holiday bargains at stores. Schools were not in session, but millions of commuters were told to expect nightmarish slogs in and around the cities."
Diabolical. That's an excellent word for this storm.
But we can all come up with some other good ones. Have at it in the comments thread.
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