For several days last week, Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area was treated to a spectacular show of Mother Nature's beauty in the middle of another harsh winter season.

A sparkling blanket of hoarfrost covered trees, bushes, grass and most any object exposed to the cold, humid air with delicate ice crystals. The display turned bare, dormant trees and earth-toned grasses of the stark prairie into a pristine magical and environment. 

To wander through the frost-covered surroundings is a chance to appreciate the softer, more fragile side of winter — which is not letting up any time soon. Colder-than-normal temperatures are being forecasted for the first week of February, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

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