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Snow falls in Chile's capital

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Snow falls in Chile, Santiago (NBC) Snow falls in Chile, Santiago (NBC)
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(NBC)- It's winter in southern South America, but snow is rare in Chile's capital, Santiago. 

Smiling and laughing people came out to play Saturday after snow blanketed the city. They threw snowballs, made snow angels and took photos as the snow fell softly before dawn.

But the unusual event also caused widespread power outages and made roads treacherous.  Chile's national emergency office said more than 280-thousand people had lost power.

Still, residents enjoyed the snow, some calling it "magical."

Meteorologists said more snow could fall in Chile over the weekend as severe cold grips the region.

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