Photos: Spiky rime ice covers Kansas City metro in pointy beauty


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  • Picture of rime ice
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  • Picture of rime ice


KANSAS CITY METRO — You might be getting tired of the fog rolling across the Kansas City metro every morning, but there’s an upside to all this freezing mist.

Rime ice.

That’s the name for the tiny spikes of ice that develop on trees and other plants, FOX4 meteorologist Karli Ritter said in a post on Facebook. It develops as a result of freezing fog.

“By definition, rime ice is ‘an opaque coating of tiny, white, granular ice particles caused by the rapid freezing of supercooled water droplets on impact with an object,'” she wrote.

The ice formations are white due to the high volume of air bubbles trapped inside, according to the National Weather Service.

See some of the beautiful photos sent in by her followers on Facebook in the gallery above.

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