PHOTOS: ‘Game of Thrones’ fans, snow artists make the most of unexpected snowfall

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CHICAGO — Many people across Chicagoland likely did a double-take when they looked out the window Sunday and saw snow falling, in some instances at two inches an hour, at the start of the third week of April.

For fans of the HBO show “Game of Thrones,” the snow seemed perfectly timed to coincide with the debut of its much-anticipated final season Sunday night. In posts to social media, many asked if the snow was a publicity stunt based on the show’s slogan that “Winter is here.” Others took the chance for a well-timed photoshoot inspired by the show.

Accumulations of wet, heavy snow reached between four and eight inches in some places. The high water content also made it ideal for snowballs and snow sculptures, so many families grabbed their winter gear (possibly after un-packing it) and headed outside. With snow happening just a week ahead of Easter and during what is technically Spring, many chose to make snow rabbits instead of snow people.

Whether people were loving or hating the snow, they won’t have to put up with it for long. Most of it should be gone within 12 to 18 hours, as temperatures start to rise Monday.

Check the slideshow above for some of our favorite photos of winter fun and “Game of Thrones” tributes, or click the button below to send us your own.


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