As a fire ravaged through the historic downtown area of Dubois, Wyoming, in the early morning hours of New Year's Eve, firefighters battled the blaze in arctic air near the minus 20 F mark.
The intense, subzero conditions resulted in complications which curbed efforts to save local infrastructure. As firefighters attempted to wash the flames with water, they were pelted by ice as the water froze upon contact with the cold air.
Ice and snow piled on their uniforms during the arduous efforts to put out the massive fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
According to The Associated Press, four buildings holding a dozen businesses were destroyed.
As recovery efforts continue, temperatures will moderate slightly according to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"It'll be in the teens during the afternoon hours over the weekend with some snow on Saturday," he said.