Environment Planet Earth It's So Cold, Niagara Falls Is an Icy Wonderland By Mary Jo DiLonardo Senior Writer University of Cincinnati Mary Jo DiLonardo covers a wide range of topics focused on nature, health, science, and anything that helps make the world a better place. our editorial process Mary Jo DiLonardo Updated January 24, 2019 The Niagara River looks more like a icy mountaintop in January 2019. michael_swan/Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Planet Earth Weather Outdoors Conservation 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. 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.