As the Carolina Panthers embarked on their final Friday practice before hosting Sunday's NFC Championship game, they were faced with abnormal weather conditions -- even at this time of year.

Winter Storm Jonas has swept through the Charlotte area. Yesterday, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera made it clear that he prefers his team practices in these conditions as preparation for Sunday. From the look of things, he got his wish.

Warmups. ❄❄❄

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 22, 2016

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— Black & Blue Review (@BlackBlueReview) January 22, 2016

Even the Panthers' beat reporters couldn't help but notice how unusual it was to be covering the team in these conditions.

oh the weather outside is weather

— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) January 22, 2016

However, the inclement weather clearly hasn't stopped the players from being themselves.

These guys...

— Max Henson (@PanthersMax) January 22, 2016

Josh Norman even decided to have a little fun with ESPN beat reporter David Newton.

Ok. Josh Norman just bombed me with a snowball. We will get even. Meanwhile this is what...

— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) January 22, 2016

Those wishing for an old-school snow game to decide the NFC's Super Bowl 50 representative might just get lucky enough to see it this Sunday.