JACKSON, Wyo. — Frigid conditions are hitting the Tetons. The temperature hit -20 degrees this morning at 8:15 a.m. at the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), according to the National Weather Service. As of 2:10 p.m., the temperature at JAC is now 3 degrees.

Buckrail Photographer Nick Sulzer snapped these pictures of the frozen landscape and some snow-covered bison this morning.

Bison manage to survive harsh temperatures through a number of adaptations, including their thick coats that protect them from the elements. It is said that a bison’s winter coat is so thick and provides insulation so effective that when snow accumulates on its coat, it will not melt from the heat of the bison’s skin.

Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center reported a peak gust of 96 mph from the southwest on top of Rendezvous Mountain at 7 a.m. yesterday morning along with a minimum temperature of -51 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service, an Arctic blast of dangerous and life-threatening cold will consume much of the Lower 48 over the next few days with 280 million people under some form of winter weather warnings or advisories across the U.S.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.