'Battle of Snomicron' snowball fight in Washington snow storm.

Washington D.C. residents engaged in a fierce snowball fight on Monday, making the best of a storm that unleashed heavy snow on the nation's capital.

Dozens of snowball warriors split into two sides on the National Mall and pummeled each other with snowballs.

In a nod to the coronavirus Omicron variant, the event was dubbed the 'Battle of Snomicron' by the Washington DC Snowball Fight Association, a Facebook group that organizes regular snowball fights.

A winter storm unleashed snowfall and strong winds throughout much of the U.S. Southeast and mid-Atlantic on Monday, forcing federal offices and schools to close, grounding aeroplanes and knocking out power for thousands of people.

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