- Photos show frozen branches and patches of ice amid the fast-flowing water.
Stunning images show the frozen landscape around Niagara Falls in extremely cold weather as the northern United States is hit by a winter storm.
A thick layer of ice and snow could be seen on the ground surrounding the famous waterfall after temperatures hit -9C on Sunday night, as well as frozen branches and patches of ice amid the fast-flowing water. .
The falls froze in 1848 due to cold weather and accumulating glaciers that stopped the flow of water.
They have never frozen since, according to Niagara Parks records.
An estimated 22 million people visit Niagara Falls each year, on both the American and Canadian sides.
Niagara Falls partially froze due to extreme cold on Monday
Frozen branches in Niagara Falls. The falls froze in 1848 due to freezing temperatures and a buildup of glaciers that stopped the flow of water. They have never frozen since, according to Niagara Parks records.
The icy spectacle occurred yesterday when an atmospheric river hit California with thunderstorms and hail.
However, the state was spared major damage as tornadoes had not been predicted as a possibility.
Packed with gusty winds, the storms knocked out power to more than 11,000 customers, flooded roads, downed trees and closed the Santa Barbara airport for the day.
At 5 p.m., 24-hour rainfall totals peaked at about 3 to 4 inches in areas below Mount Shasta, one of California’s highest peaks at 14,180 feet.
The National Weather Service in Sacramento issued a tornado warning for parts of Plumas County and Butte County in the state’s north, but as of Monday afternoon the worst those areas received was hail and strong storms, the meteorologist said. Jeffrey Wood.
The Niagara falls frozen on the sides due to the cold. An estimated 22 million people visit Niagara Falls each year, on both the American and Canadian sides.
Thick layers of ice and snow around Niagara Falls. The famous waterfall is one of the most visited places in the world.
More extensive damage was still possible, as heavy rain was expected to flood much of Northern California through Tuesday and Southern California through Wednesday.
Los Angeles County could see 3 to 5 inches of rain in the mountains and foothills, the weather service said.
Still, the effects appeared to be much less significant than those of another atmospheric river two weeks ago that dumped a year’s worth of rainfall in some areas, knocked out power to nearly 1 million customers and killed nine people.
After historic rainfall a year ago effectively ended the state’s severe drought, California is once again experiencing a wet year.
President Joe Biden on Monday declared a major disaster for the severe storms that flooded the San Diego area in January, releasing federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts.
Those rains killed three people and damaged more than 800 homes, California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said.