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'Diabolical'? What Other Words Best Fit This East Coast Storm?

Snow falls in the early morning hours in Manhattan's East Village today (Dec. 27, 2010). Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Snow falls in the early morning hours in Manhattan's East Village today (Dec. 27, 2010).

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Here's a striking passage from this morning's New York Times story about the blizzard that has paralyzed much of the East Coast:

"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.

Meanwhile, as Korva said earlier, thousands of would-be travelers are stuck in airports, Amtrak has suspended service between New York and Boston, and the problems aren't over yet — winds are howling across the Northeast and New England.