It's So Cold, Niagara Falls Is an Icy Wonderland

The Niagara River looks more like a icy mountaintop in January 2019. michael_swan/Flickr

Sure, your pipes and your breath are freezing. But when Mother Nature sends brutally cold temperatures through much of the country, she paints some gorgeous landscapes with her frozen brush.

Case in point: Niagara Falls.

Although tons of water continues to flow over the falls every second, surface water and the mist from the cascading water freezes as it lands on the surrounding rocks, railings and everything else in its path, points out The Niagara Falls USA tourism website. The result is breathtaking images of "frozen" Niagara Falls being shared around the world.

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Even the trees are covered in covered in a deep layer of ice and snow. michael_swan/Flickr

The falls technically aren't frozen solid. Before 1964, ice could block water up the river, which reduced the water's volume on the U.S. side of the falls. The lower amount of water could freeze. The last time this happened was in 1848. In 1964, steel ice-booms were installed to prevent large amounts of ice from forming.

"The falls have more frequently iced over significantly but still allowed a flow of plenty of water many times in history during colder winters and is not overly rare," AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey said in December 2017.

Regardless of whether or not it's frozen solid, the icy landscape of snow and icicles makes it worth the hassle of bundling up to experience magnificent vistas like these.