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A snowy owl found itself a perch on the awning of an office building in downtown Washington, D.C. on Wednesday as below-average temperatures kept their icy grip on the capital.

A man takes a picture of a snowy owl sitting on the awning of an office building in downtown Washington, DC January 22, 2014. The US capital reopened for business on Wednesday amid below average temperatures after closing the federal government ahead of a storm on Tuesday that dumped up to seven inches (18 centimeters) of snow in the metro area. AFP PHOTO / Eva HambachEVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty ImagesEVA HAMBACH / AFP - Getty Images