Though the falls were not exactly frozen solid – water continued to cascade through the world’s largest waterfall in terms of flow-rate – there was an impressive and extremely picturesque build-up of ice.
The flow of water over the falls typically can withstand icy temperatures like those that have frozen much of the country this winter, but Monday’s high of 9 degrees Fahrenheit brought Niagara Falls to a standstill – and photographers were there to snap some stunning images of the frozen waterfall.
In January of last year, another record-breaking cold front managed to freeze the mighty falls in a ‘polar vortex’ that turned the cascading water to ice – and affected about 240 million people in the U.S. and southern Canada.
Visitors from warmer climates also flocked to the to see Niga falls frozen.
“We just noticed that these falls are creating – how do you call it? – clouds from the mist, so it’s like it’s wonderful. It’s like nature is bigger than us when you see that,” one visitor said.
A few weeks ago, a Canadian man made history by becoming the first person to ever climb frozen Niagara Falls. Will Gadd, 47, climbed the 180-foot frozen cliffs next to Horseshoe Falls. Fellow Canadian Sarah Hueniken followed Gadd by doing the climb hours later.
In Washington, snow shovels were out at the White House, and cross country skiers have been seen near Capitol Hill.
And a giant snowball fight has also taken place in the US capital.