Niagara Falls has been transformed into a partially frozen winter wonderland by a wave of sub-zero temperatures that recently swept the region.
The magical scene was captured in a series of haunting photos showing the frozen fog and ice sheets of the popular tourist destination on the border of New York state and Ontario, Canada.
An icy spectacle caused by winter weather blasting through the Northeast over the weekend brought frigid temperatures and a devastating blizzard to Buffalo, New York — about 25 miles south of Niagara Falls.
But although some parts of the falls are frozen, they are almost never completely frozen due to the sheer volume of water flowing together with the constant movement of the furious liquid.
Niagara Falls According to the New York State Parks, 3,160 tons of water flow through Niagara Falls every second. It falls at a speed of 32 feet per second.
According to the Niagara Falls USA tourism website, it’s actually almost impossible to freeze completely.
According to the site, the U.S. side of the falls has reached freezing point five times in history, when ice blocked the flow of water down the river – effectively creating a dam and reducing the volume of water.
In 1964, steel ice booms were installed to prevent large ice accumulations.
The waterfall’s magical frozen appearance is due to the surface water and mist that turns to ice instead, covering the observation decks and creating piles of ice that accumulate at the base of the falls.
In particularly cold winters, ice and snow usually form in the Niagara River below the falls, creating an “ice bridge.”
Until 1912, tourists and locals crossed the river on an ice bridge and got a unique view of the waterfall from below, directly at the bottom of the flowing water.
According to Canada’s Niagara Falls tourism website, people set up small pop-up shacks on the ice bridge, selling everything from Niagara Falls souvenirs to whiskey for sale.
On February 4, 1912, authorities banned walking on the ice bridge after three people were killed when the ice broke up and was thrown into the Niagara River.
The ice bridge repels many winters due to the cold climate in the north.