Niagara Falls did not completely freeze over, contrary to online reports. Portions of the falls and many other things, however, did turn to ice due to the polar vortex.
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - It hasn't frozen over, but Niagara Falls 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.
Tourism officials say Niagara Falls doesn't freeze solid in the winter, despite urban legends to the contrary.
The Buffalo News reports there's a section of the American Falls, one of three waterfalls that make up the natural attraction, that has frozen. The larger Horseshoe Falls continues to flow unimpeded.
And it's all surrounded by a white blanket of snow and ice, which coats everything from the viewing railings to trees and shrubs.
The view may not be around for long, though. A high near 50 degrees is forecast for Saturday.