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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Snowball fight tonight

By Elizabeth Flock

The Capital Weather Gang is predicting a “snow thump" later tonight, with 4 to 8 inches or more of snowfall in the District and northern and western suburbs.

With those kind of predictions come sledding plans, pleas for days off from school and … a giant snowball fight!

The Washington DC Snowball Fight Association, the group that was responsible for the 2,000-strong flash mob snowball fight in Dupont Circle last February, has announced a massive snowball fight for 8 tonight in Dupont Circle.

Screen grab from Washington DC Snowball Fight Association's Facebook page.

Last year's fight, put-together by 30-something Dupont Circle residents Ami Greener and Michael Lipin, was the largest of a scattering of organized snowball fights across the city.  Most of the groundswell came from online -- on the Thursday morning before the fight, their Facebook group had 33 members; by 1 p.m. Saturday, it had more than 5,000.

Watch last year's snowball fight here:

Snowball fights in D.C. have been tainted by one mishap, however -- a stray snowball from a battle at 14th and U streets NW in December 2009. The fight (not organized by WDCSBFA), got out of hand when a snowball hit a Hummer and the driver, a plainclothes detective, got out, drew his gun and exchanged angry words. He was taken off the force briefly and later reinstated.

Watch the video here:

The  Washington DC Snowball Fight Association's new Facebook page has only 226 fans so far. But hey, it's only 1p.m. -- will this year be a flash mob, too?

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 26, 2011; 1:34 PM ET
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These young privileged young preppy whites need to get a life.

Posted by: illegalalien | January 26, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

How did that sleaze-ball cop not get fired?

Posted by: kenk33 | January 26, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse


These privileged young preppy whites need to get a life.

Posted by: illegalalien | January 26, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

These left-wing liberal Democrats privileged young preppy whites need to get a life.

Posted by: Rockvillers | January 26, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

A giant snowball fight? Sounds like fun!!! That is until some cop doesn't know what 'fun' is anymore......

Posted by: momof20yo | January 26, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

This sleaze-ball toughguy cop should never be allowed to carry a gun, and people who have a problem with snowball fights should stay home and keep the bitterness inside.

Posted by: whorton1 | January 26, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Some people have sad boring lives. Get out and have some fun! *splat* Gotcha! ;^)

Posted by: mikescorpio | January 26, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey there I am SOO LOOKING FORWARD TO the snowball fight! ALSO the Black Fox Lounge ===>> @BlackFoxLounge will be offering FREE CHICKEN SOUP to all the people apart of the snowball fight ==>

If you see me there, don't knock me out with a snowball! LOL

Posted by: wedding40 | January 26, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

When and where? You don't have to be a left-wing liberal/privileged/young/preppy or white to enjoy life.

Posted by: DC-Latino | January 26, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The one good thing that came out of that ugly snowball/cop incident is that they moved these to parks where they belong. There's certainly nothing wrong with an innocent snowball fight, even if it is made up of hipster yuppies (why that matters, I don't know). However, it's good that they're organizing people's natural impulses towards an area where they can be safe and not disrupt traffic in treacherous conditions.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | January 26, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Please, stay in Rockville. Beware of the city. Live your sheltered life. Blame your problems on everyone else. Be bitter. The cup is always half empty. Damn Democrats. Who else caused the snow and the deficit.

Posted by: furious50 | January 26, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Who would win in a real fight: the white preppy snowball fight lametards, or the packs of angry black teenage girls that beat up Wendys workers and Metro riders?

Advantage: angry black teen girl mob (ABTGM)

Posted by: dnara | January 26, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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