Extreme Cold Turns Niagara Falls Into a Fairy Tale Landscape Frozen in Time

Ask anyone in the eastern half of North America about the 2017 holiday weather and they'll tell you one thing: it was (and still remains) bitterly cold. Bundling up in layers of sweaters can be a drag, but there is one advantage—the scenery outside is beautiful. With temperatures well below freezing, the natural world is literally frozen in time. Niagara in winter is a striking example of this, and lately, it’s been extra picturesque. As brave visitors to the waterfall can attest, the combination of rushing water and long icicles turns the landscape into a fairy tale scene.

The wind chill in Niagara Falls has dipped well below freezing and into the negatives, with the actual temperature hovering somewhere between 8 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Although that’s extremely cold, it’s not enough to stop the flow of water; more than 3,100 tons of water travel over Niagara Falls every second. It will take more than a relatively short cold front to make it freeze completely. And if that were to happen, it'd probably be too cold for anyone to venture outside and snap a photo!

As you’re cozy inside—hopefully with a nice cup of tea—enjoy the frigid beauty of a Niagara Falls winter, below.

Thanks to an extreme cold front, a Niagara Falls winter is now a fairytale landscape frozen in time.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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