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.

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And here the buffaloes on cam:

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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.

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Grand prismatic spring of Yellowstone national park via Instagram

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.

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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.

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Pretty much impressive:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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