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Snow on the ground, snowballs in the air

ASU's annual Snow Day gives kids a chance to play in the white stuff with Sparky

The sight of falling snow in the desert is rather rare. But that didn't stop a pack of kids, adults and one mascot from enjoying that December rite of passage of playing in snow. The odd occurence came outside Wells Fargo Arena as the ASU Art Museum sponsored the annual Snow Day.

The snow came via a truckload of shaved ice. But the fun was local as a host of 70 or so kids gathered Monday afternoon to frolic in, throw and jump on the piles of snow. When Sparky showed up, the obvious followed with kids lobbing snowballs at the Maroon and Gold mascot. He got his, and the kids got to play in some snow just as their peers in the more northern states do.

Photos by Charlie Leight, video by Deanna Dent/ASU Now