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Niagara Falls sparkles after big freeze

The cold brings return of the “ice bridge” betweem the United States and Canada.

  • Freezing water sprays from Niagara Falls coats the landscape at Niagara Falls State Park on Thursday in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Niagara Falls hasn't froze...

    James Neiss / Niagara Gazette

    Freezing water sprays from Niagara Falls coats the landscape at Niagara Falls State Park on Thursday in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Niagara Falls hasn't frozen over, but it has become an icy spectacle thanks to a blast of arctic wind and cold that froze the mist on surfaces and landscaping. Despite the urban legends, Niagara Falls doesn't freeze solid in the winter, tourism officials say. A section of the American Falls, one of three waterfalls that make up the natural attraction, has frozen. The Niagara River rapids and larger Horseshoe Falls continue to flow unimpeded.

  • The area surrounding Niagara Falls is coated in a layer of ice in Niagara Falls State Park on Thursday.

    Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News

    The area surrounding Niagara Falls is coated in a layer of ice in Niagara Falls State Park on Thursday.

  • Ice coat sightseeing glasses at Niagara Falls on Thursday.

    Niagara Gazette

    Ice coat sightseeing glasses at Niagara Falls on Thursday.

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  • Freezing water sprays from Niagara Falls coats the landscape at Niagara Falls State Park on Thursday in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Niagara Falls hasn't froze...

    James Neiss / Niagara Gazette

    Freezing water sprays from Niagara Falls coats the landscape at Niagara Falls State Park on Thursday in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Niagara Falls hasn't frozen over, but it has become an icy spectacle thanks to a blast of arctic wind and cold that froze the mist on surfaces and landscaping. Despite the urban legends, Niagara Falls doesn't freeze solid in the winter, tourism officials say. A section of the American Falls, one of three waterfalls that make up the natural attraction, has frozen. The Niagara River rapids and larger Horseshoe Falls continue to flow unimpeded.

  • The area surrounding Niagara Falls is coated in a layer of ice in Niagara Falls State Park on Thursday.

    Sharon Cantillon / Buffalo News

    The area surrounding Niagara Falls is coated in a layer of ice in Niagara Falls State Park on Thursday.

  • Ice coat sightseeing glasses at Niagara Falls on Thursday.

    Niagara Gazette

    Ice coat sightseeing glasses at Niagara Falls on Thursday.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Niagara Falls hasn't frozen over, but it has become an icy spectacle, thanks to a blast of arctic wind and cold that blew around and froze the mist on surfaces and landscaping.
Despite the urban legends, Niagara Falls doesn't freeze solid in the winter, tourism officials say.
Nevertheless, "it's stunning," Virginia Kuebler of East Aurora told The Buffalo News while taking in the site Thursday.
A section of the American Falls, one of three waterfalls that make up the natural attraction, has frozen, the newspaper reported. The Niagara River rapids and larger Horseshoe Falls continue to flow unimpeded.
And it's all surrounded by a white blanket of snow and ice, which coats viewing railings and lampposts, trees, shrubs and boulders.
It is a scene that has been absent during the last several winters, which have been relatively mild.
The cold even brought the return of the "ice bridge," an occasional formation of ice that stretches across the Niagara River below the falls, linking the United States and Canada. Until 1912, tourists were allowed to walk on the bridge to look at the falls from below. That ended when the bridge broke apart and three tourists died.
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