Niagara Falls Turns into Winter Wonderland of Snow and Ice

January 1, 2018 Updated: January 2, 2018

As the northeast plunges into negative degree weather on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border, it can be hard to believe there is still open fresh water that hasn’t frozen.

But look no further than the Niagara Falls to see that. Indeed, there is still open, albeit running water, and plenty of it.

Some 3,160 tons of water flows over the falls every second, so for it to freeze would take a much longer arctic blast than the northeast has had.

Parts of the waterfall have experienced a deeper freeze in recent history though. This picture from 2007 shows freezing in the top part of the falls.

Now, tourists visiting the falls can see trees laden with ice. Photos from social media also show icicles hanging like stalactites from the rocks around the falls.

And for those visitors lucky enough to be exploring the winter wonderland on Jan. 1, they got a special treat when a rainbow graced the sky over the falls. Rainbows often form near waterfalls as sunlight is separated into different colours when it passes through the water droplets.

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EarthCam view of the Niagara Falls on Jan. 1, 2018. (

“I came here in the summertime four years ago,” Zieong Zang, who made the seven-hour drive from Jersey City in New Jersey told the Buffalo News. “It was good, but it wasn’t like this. This is just outstanding, with all the snow and the trees coated like sugar.”

Indeed. It makes Elsa’s ice palace in Disney’s “Frozen” look like a real-life fairy tale.

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Elsa’s ice palace in the Disney movie “Frozen.” (


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