A beautiful sunset was witnessed by many people in Northeast Kansas.
In VERY cold conditions, with snow on the ground of particular shapes and right at Sunset or Sunrise... it is possible to see a column of light just above the setting or rising sun. This is called a "Sun Pillar".
According to the National Weather Service, Sun Pillars are a "phenomena that are observed right before sunrise or right after sunset. A pillar of light extends from above the horizon where the sun is rising or setting. This is also due to ice crystals in clouds reflecting this light that is beamed directly into them and produces the reflection".