snow n.... 2.a. Anything resembling snow. b The white specs on a television screen resulting from weak reception.
crash v.... --intr....5. To fail suddenly, as a business or an economy.
--The American Heritage Dictionary
virus.... L. virus slimy liquid, poison, offensive odour or taste.
1. Venum, such as is emitted by a poisonous animal. 2. Path a. A morbid priciple or poisonous substance produced in the body as a result of some disease, esp. one capable of being introduced into other persons or animals by inoculations or otherwise and of developing the same disease in them....3.fig. A moral or intellectual poison, or poisonous influence.
--The Oxford English Dictionary
Book by Neal Stephenson - My favorite techno-thriller.
also see 1984
When they get closer to the overpass, it becomes a lost cause trying to drive at all, the thrashers are so thick and numerous. It's like putting on crampons and trying to walk through a room full of puppies. They have to nose their way along, tapping the horn, flashing the lights.
-- Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash