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Your gorgeous frost photos from around the Quad Cities

Captivating imagery from News 8 viewers show "rime ice" all over the area.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Quad Cities woke up to a new layer of beautiful frost on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Much of this frost carries a daggered-looking edge to it, and is known as "rime ice."

As StormTrack 8 meteorologist Andrew Stutzke explains, rime ice happens when fog is present with temperatures below freezing.  

Here's how it works: Tiny (still liquid) water droplets are suspended in the air.  They turn to ice only once they are disturbed by another force, and run into something like a tree or fence post. At that point they freeze instantly, creating the sharp or daggered-looking edge on the frost. 

Here are the photos of the frost and rime ice from our viewers: