Parts of the Niagara Falls, the famous waterfalls by the Canada-U.S. border, commonly get iced over during wintertime, but this year has given some particularly stunning views, bringing in tourists from around the world to see the icy majestic beauty.
Niagara Falls isn’t exactly frozen over, as water is still flowing underneath the ice. The only recorded time the water flow stopped completely was in 1848, due to an ice jam upriver.
The area hit 13 degrees below zero on Monday. The next-door Lake Erie of the Great Lakes is also mostly frozen, which is also uncommon for the area in winter. The current 85% coverage isn’t a record- that would be 1979’s 94.7%, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.
The average temperature in Niagara Falls in January is between 16 and 32 degrees. Naturally, it being that cold, ice floes and giant icicles form on the falls, and in the Niagara River above and below the falls, every year, according to Snopes. The ice at the base of the falls, called the ice bridge, sometimes gets so thick that people used to build concession stands and walk to Canada on it, before it became illegal after 3 tourists fell to their death when the bridge broke.
Niagara Falls has also become near-frozen in 1911 and 2014.