A panda sliding down hill at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC.
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Two pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were seen enjoying the snow and sliding down hills, while giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji was having his first encounter with the snow, in the biggest snowstorm to hit the US capital in two years.
Washington’s Smithsonian's National Zoo shared the video of the pandas playing in the snow.
The zoo authorities wrote, “Slides, somersaults and pure panda joy. Happy snow day from giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian!”
Washington DC residents and tourists visit the National Mall to see the US capital's landmarks covered in snow after the biggest snowstorm in two years hit the city.
A sprawling, lumbering winter storm walloped the Eastern US on Monday, shutting down coronavirus vaccination sites, closing schools and halting transit as snow piled up from the Appalachians to New England, with the heaviest accumulations yet to come in many places.
With flakes falling since Sunday evening, New York City and northern New Jersey were bracing for as much as 22 inches (56 cm) of snow, and parts of New England for a foot or more.
The National Weather Service warned that high winds and snowfall could persist into Tuesday in New York and Wednesday in New England.
"We’re looking at a long two days here,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a virtual news conference, noting that road conditions were already "seriously dangerous" at midday.
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