It's so cold, parts of Niagara Falls are frozen

Enlarge Image Visitors braved the frozen falls in 1883 in New York.                  George Barker  Library of Congress

Enlarge Image Visitors braved the frozen falls in 1883 in New York. George Barker Library of Congress

Niagara Falls in January 2019.

The "surface water and mist in the air turns to ice, but there is still plenty of water flowing", according to Niagara Falls USA, which noted the phenomena occurs to some degree every winter.

Based on the Weather Channel's ten-day forecast, after Thursday, the temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing in the near future, meaning Niagara Falls could remain an icy spectacle for weeks to come.

Rather, many tourists have taken to social media to share stunning photos of a layer of ice that has formed over parts of the falls, giving the illusion that some sections, which can reach heights of 176 feet, are frozen solid.

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The frigid winter storm that plunged much of the northeast into bone-chilling cold this week has had a dramatic impact on Niagara Falls. Despite the storm bringing dangerously freezing temperatures across the Northeast, people seem to be enjoying the view.

Emma Graham told CNN she felt like she was in "Elsa's castle". According to CNN, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo declared a state of emergency in Newport County after gas service was disrupted, leaving over 7,000 residents without heat in single-digit temperatures on Monday.

A winter storm is now headed through the Midwest towards the East, making temperatures drop to as low as five to 20 degrees below zero.

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