Niagara Falls Snow Photos: The Waterfalls Have Frozen Over During North American Cold Snap

Freezing temperatures have turned Niagara Falls into an ice-covered, frost-bitten spectacle. Stunning photos of tree limbs encapsulated by ice and water freezing mid-fall have circulated on social media as the waterfalls' border towns in New York and Canada report that the icy temperatures are not keeping visitors away.

The temperature of Niagara Falls was 8 degrees Fahrenheit at around noon on New Year's Eve, according to The Weather ChannelTemperatures are expected to stay in the single digits, but won't get higher than the teens for the next week, The Buffalo News reported.

The three Niagara Falls waterfalls border New York and Canada. In Canada, sub-zero temperatures are expected on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Freezing temperatures are expected across Canada and the United States on New Year's Eve, when hundreds of thousands are expected to gather for outdoor celebrations. Meteorologists say that the historic cold snap is coming from a pocket of Arctic air that has settled over North America and will affect over 220 million people.

A video from AccuWeather showed the waterfalls "covered in a beautiful layer of frost after a cold snap hits the area."

“2017 is about to end with the coldest air of the year,” Environment Canada said in a release, according to the Ottawa Citizen. “A fresh surge of record-breaking Arctic air is forecast to encompass the entire province in its icy grip. A trough of low pressure currently over Southern Ontario will drop south of the Great Lakes tonight, opening the door to an even colder northerly wind.”

In Ottawa, Ontario, temperatures are set to hit a record-low -28 degrees Celsius or about -18 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, breaking a record of -26 degrees on the same day in 1962. "Everything is covered in ice at #NiagaraFalls," said photographer Sharon Cantillon in a tweet accompanied by a photo of two trees amassed with snow accumulation. 

Local news in Buffalo, New York, reported visitors from New Jersey, Virginia and all the way from China marveling at the frozen winter wonderland. New Jersey resident Zieong Zhang told The Buffalo News that the view was "outstanding" with "trees coated like sugar."

Erie, Pennsylvania, also reported record-breaking snowy weather in the last week of 2017. The Pennsylvania town was inundated with a record-breaking 5 feet of snow in four days.