Niagara Falls partially freezes in record-breaking cold

Niagara Falls' breathtaking winter views are the upside of this extreme cold

In other words, the mighty Niagara Falls has gotten a wintry makeover that makes the new eighth wonder of the world nearly unrecognizable. A Buffalo native, he lives in Dallas now but remembered to dress in layers - flannel over a T-shirt and a lined sweatshirt that passes for his winter jacket in Texas.

Water runs through the American Falls in the ice, on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, Ontario, on January 2, 2018. The westerly wind usually blows it toward the USA side, National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Welch said, where the moisture wraps every inch of the landscape in white.

"I cannot feel my feet!"

A visitor takes a photograph at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont. on December 29, 2017. It is predicted that the wind chills would bring temperatures to below zero degrees.

While the current is too strong and temperatures too high for it to freeze completely, everything around has turned white, covered in a layer of gleaming snow turning the trees, walls and lamp posts into ice sculptures.

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"We are trying to warm our feet because we are frozen", said Jonathan Cruz.

While the landscape is covered in a layer of white, the falls themselves, stretching between NY and Canada, continue to flow, unfrozen. The thermometer read -1 Celsius on Tuesday, cold enough for icicles to dangle from the ornate wrought-iron fountain in Forsyth Park.

Ice and freezing rain are expected into Wednesday morning, possibly mixed with sleet and snow.

Visitors take photographs at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ont.

"It really is pretty", Partin said.

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