Niagara Falls has more to offer to its visitors these days than just the plain sight of an endless supply of water plunging down from a height of 176 feet. The polar vortex that has gripped the United States for the past few days has frozen parts of the American side of the waterfall, and it now offers a double treat to its visitors.
Those who have been to this wondrous site the past few days are being able to witness the Falls in a form that only a few have before and few ever will, once the extreme cold wave subsides. Half the waterfall is frozen, and the other half’s flow is restrained due to the weight of the massive ice chunks the water has to carry.
According to The Buffalo News, temperature in the area recently dropped to -20.55 degrees Celsius (5 Fahrenheit) – the lowest it has been since 1942. The locals in the nearby islands have not only had to battle the chills, but the threat of ice melting down and creating a flash flood is also hanging over their head.
The crippling cold – which started in the Midwest before moving towards the East and South of the US – has so far resulted in the deaths of 21 people.