The name is strange but hoar frost is beautiful.
People across Colorado shared their pictures of the ice crystals as they woke on Sunday.
The National Weather Service says hoar frost forms the way dew does on objects like fences or tree branches. The dew point in the air, as well as the temperature of the object, must be below freezing. As soon as the water in the air touches the freezing surface, it becomes a solid.
Check out pictures of the Sunday hoar frost below:
@daylecedars @WxTrackerDaryl beautiful but cold! pic.twitter.com/VPIjjnGwFn
— Erin (@elyman6) January 10, 2016
January treat! Hoarfrost! Dry Creek Greenway #Colorado #cowx pic.twitter.com/Ng1RJOEr8d
— Scott E. Severs (@ScottESevers) January 10, 2016
The overnight fog crystalized everything in sight. Beautiful winter scene near Longmont. #Denver7 #cowx pic.twitter.com/EoyrdcVPdw
— Daryl Orr (@WxTrackerDaryl) January 10, 2016
Gotta wonder how long the fog hung around last night. The resulting hoarfrost is beautiful. #cowx #LafayetteCO pic.twitter.com/oKpvOl6yrg
— Dana Coffield (@denpostdana) January 10, 2016
Dense freezing fog overnight led to a beautiful scene this morning along the CO front range! #cowx pic.twitter.com/8bMt1xhk6T
— Colt Forney (@BasehuntersColt) January 10, 2016
Rime time! Frigid but beautiful morning in Longmont #cowx pic.twitter.com/tw8RRCTZJr
— Michelle (@thedailyharrold) January 10, 2016
Hoarfrost morning #cowx #colorado pic.twitter.com/7PyrpyVLvR
— David Metze (@DavidMetze) January 10, 2016
"Baby it's cold outside!" @brucewilsonco says it's just 8 degrees at Crown Hill Park, but beautiful. #CoWx pic.twitter.com/PtpArASclO
— Storm Station 7 (@StormStation7) January 10, 2016
#sunrise finding the treetops #Loveland #Colorado #cowx pic.twitter.com/73QF0RKb7q
— Joshuah Childs (@JoshuahChilds) January 10, 2016