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!