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Hundreds of people ignore social distancing for huge snowball fight on the DC mall

A huge snowball fight took place in Washington DC on Sunday after Winter Storm Olena blanketed the East Coast.

Many participants ditched face masks and ignored social distancing guidelines to join in on the fun.

Outdoor gatherings in the capital are currently limited to 25 people but dozens more flocked to the Smithsonian Castle for the organized snowball fight.

A huge snowball fight took place in Washington DC on Sunday after Winter Storm Olena blanketed the East Coast

Many ditched face masks and ignored social distancing guidelines as they took part in the snowball fight on the National Mall

Many ditched face masks and ignored social distancing guidelines as they took part in the snowball fight on the National Mall

Outdoor gatherings in the capital are currently limited to 25 people but dozens more flocked to the Smithsonian Castle

Outdoor gatherings in the capital are currently limited to 25 people but dozens more flocked to the Smithsonian Castle

The Washington DC Snowball Fight Association arranged the event on Facebook where they advertised 'The Great Snowakening'

The Washington DC Snowball Fight Association arranged the event on Facebook where they advertised ‘The Great Snowakening’

The organizers told participants on Facebook to bring face masks and to come at their own risk

The organizers told participants on Facebook to bring face masks and to come at their own risk

The Washington DC Snowball Fight Association arranged the event on Facebook, advertised as ‘The Great Snowakening’.

Nearly 200 people indicated they would attend the fight with the organizers saying ‘anyone who participates in this event does so at his or her own risk’.

They added that they would comply with any instructions issued by police.

Photos show the participants gathering in proximity as they launched snowballs into each other’s faces.

Nearly 200 people indicated they would attend the fight with the organizers saying 'anyone who participates in this event does so at his or her own risk'

Nearly 200 people indicated they would attend the fight with the organizers saying ‘anyone who participates in this event does so at his or her own risk’

Nearly 200 people indicated they would attend the fight with the organizers saying 'anyone who participates in this event does so at his or her own risk'

Nearly 200 people indicated they would attend the fight with the organizers saying ‘anyone who participates in this event does so at his or her own risk’

Some dressed up for the snowball fight, with a couple channeling Star Wars with a Darth Vader and Han Solo costume

Some dressed up for the snowball fight, with a couple channeling Star Wars with a Darth Vader and Han Solo costume

Winter Storm Orlena has blanketed the Midwest in white and is set to drop up to two feet of snow in the Big Apple

Winter Storm Orlena has blanketed the Midwest in white and is set to drop up to two feet of snow in the Big Apple

Photos show the participants gathering in proximity as they launched snowballs into each other's faces

Photos show the participants gathering in proximity as they launched snowballs into each other’s faces

In the UK this week, two organizers of a mass snowball fight that saw hundreds of students gather in a park were £10,000 ($13,700) each for breaching lockdown rules. 

Winter Storm Orlena has blanketed the Midwest in white and is set to drop up to two feet of snow in the Big Apple, prompting New York CityNew Jersey, and Philadelphia to declare states of emergency.

More than 100million people from the Midwest to the Northeast have received winter weather warnings in the powerful nor’easter.

By Sunday evening the powerful storm dumped about eight inches of snow in parts of Chicago and three to five inches in central Ohio

It is the first time the District has received more than a half inch of snow in more than two years

It is the first time the District has received more than a half inch of snow in more than two years

In Washington DC, people are ordered to wear a face mask outside unless they are exercising far from anyone else

In Washington DC, people are ordered to wear a face mask outside unless they are exercising far from anyone else

People participate in a snowball fight near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall as Washington, D.C. sees it's first heavy snowfall in two years

People participate in a snowball fight near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall as Washington, D.C. sees it’s first heavy snowfall in two years

As a result of the storm hundreds of car crashes have been reported and thousands of flights have been canceled in New York City.

The storm has now reached the East Coast where it will bring heavy snow, strong winds and freezing temperatures across New England, including Boston and Philadelphia. 

By Sunday night Washington DC, Baltimore and New York City already had snowfall and locals in Connecticut and New York were seen lining up at stores and clearing out shelves, stocking up on food, water, snow plows and shovels.

On Sunday night New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a state of emergency where all residents are urged to stay home with all non-essential travel restricted beginning at 6am Monday. 

Orlena is predicted to drop between 18 to 24 inches of snow in New York City from Monday into Tuesday, coupled with wind gusts up to 45 to 55mph. 

Organizers said on Facebook: It's time to get the gear out of the secret storage and safely enjoy the weather in these weird pandemic times'

Organizers said on Facebook: It’s time to get the gear out of the secret storage and safely enjoy the weather in these weird pandemic times’

Orlena is predicted to drop between 18 to 24 inches of snow in New York City from Monday into Tuesday

Orlena is predicted to drop between 18 to 24 inches of snow in New York City from Monday into Tuesday

As a result of the storm hundreds of car crashes have been reported and thousands of flights have been canceled

As a result of the storm hundreds of car crashes have been reported and thousands of flights have been canceled

Orlena started in California last week where it brought more than six feet of snow and heavy rain to the region, made it to the Midwest by the weekend

Orlena started in California last week where it brought more than six feet of snow and heavy rain to the region, made it to the Midwest by the weekend


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