An unexpected snowstorm engulfed Yellowstone National Park on September 12-13, 2016.
This chaotic weather was an new opportunity to capture stunning photos of the blanketed national park.
And here the buffaloes on cam:
Four to eight inches of snow fell until late Monday and early Tuesday morning as temperatures dropped to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) and are still pretty low.
And again on film:
This is not the first time, however, the park has been hit by a freak snowstorm. In 2014 snow came even earlier to the region, sweeping across the park at the end of August.
September temperatures in Yellowstone – which extends into Wyoming, Idaho and Montana – usually range between 37 degrees Fahrenheit and 68 degrees Fahrenheit while the average total snowfall for the month is half an inch.
Pretty much impressive:
The unexpected wintry blast hasn’t deterred snap-happy enthusiasts who braved the conditions to capture some spectacular photos of America’s first national park.
A recent study carried out by the Yellowstone Center for Resources noted that the annual amount of snowfall and number of days of snow cover at the park were declining significantly.
Yellowstone’s snowfall was also welcomed by firefighters who are tackling a wildfire that forced the closure of the park’s south entrance on Monday.