The U.S. side of Niagara Falls has begun to thaw after being partially frozen from the recent 'polar vortex' that affected millions in the United States and Canada on Friday in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (AP Photo)
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Niagara Falls didn't freeze over, but it did become an icy spectacle, thanks to the blast of arctic wind and cold that blew around and froze the mist on surfaces and landscaping this week.
Despite the urban legends, Niagara Falls doesn't freeze solid in the winter, tourism officials say.
Nevertheless, "it's stunning," Virginia Kuebler of East Aurora told The Buffalo News while taking in the site Thursday.
A section of the American Falls, one of three waterfalls that make up the natural attraction, did freeze, the newspaper reported. The Niagara River rapids and larger Horseshoe Falls continued to flow unimpeded.
And it was all surrounded by a white blanket of snow and ice, which coats viewing railings and lampposts, trees, shrubs and boulders.
It was a scene that has been absent during the past several winters, which have been relatively mild.
The cold even brought the return of the "ice bridge," an occasional formation of ice that stretches across the Niagara River below the falls, linking the United States and Canada. Until 1912, tourists were allowed to walk on the bridge to look at the falls from below. That ended when the bridge broke apart and three tourists died.comments powered by Disqus