Snow lovers face off in Washington DC's first snowball fight of 2019

Snow lovers in Washington DC celebrated the region's first major snowfall of the year by lobbing snowballs at one another on Sunday afternoon, in what has become a recent post-snowstorm tradition in the US capital.

No stranger to crowds, the area around the Washington Monument turned into a free-for-all battleground as residents and tourists charged at each other, armed with fistfuls of the white stuff.

Washington was forecast to receive almost a half foot of snow, forcing airlines to cancel over one hundred flights leaving Reagan National Airport on Sunday morning.

The winter storm rolled into the region after dropping more than a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest and killing at least seven people in highway accidents on Saturday.