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Posted at 1:23 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Snow mania: Our fascination with flakes

By Katie Rogers
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When all else fails, embrace the snow. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda).

While denizens of the Washington region await the modest 1 to 3 inches of snow expected to head our way by the end of the day, we're busy reading about the havoc the white stuff is wreaking on nearby cities. Philadelphia, New York and Boston are already under siege, thus solidifying D.C.'s newly clinched title of East Coast Snow Hole. But even though we're short on snow, D.C. area schools are closing in advance of our expected light blanket of the white stuff.

What's with our fascination for flakes? In Washington, maybe it's because just over a year ago, we did have the great Snowpocalypse. This year, though, the torch was passed to New Yorkers -- they coined "Snow Loko" to describe their plight -- and Atlantans joined in with "SnowtoriousATL." These clever puns are all hashtags on Twitter.


The woman on The Weather Channel just used the word "walloped" to describe the impact of the incoming snow storm on the northeast. #snowlokoless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

I did a lot of housework today. Please God, let the good karma give me another snow day! #SnowtoriousATL (Snow, Snow, Snowtorious!)less than a minute ago via web


D.C., New York, Atlanta ... Which city's hashtag for snowfall is the best,and which ones are we missing?

We're using #winterinDC to spread general news and information on Twitter, but we want your puns, your clever phrases and your plays on words when it comes to the weather. We'd also love to see your pictures, too.

Updated: Here are a couple of your suggestions:

re: snow pun @postlocal You forgot #Snowmageddon & the SnowtoriousB.I.G.less than a minute ago via web

@postlocal @capitalweather N Arlington a snowy drizzle.... #snizzle ? Or did Snoop Dog take that already?less than a minute ago via HootSuite


In the meantime, keep your eyes on the Capital Weather Gang's Twitter feed for constant updates:

By Katie Rogers  | January 11, 2011; 1:23 PM ET
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