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Look again: Niagara Falls didn’t completely freeze over

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. VPC

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This week’s “polar vortex” brought record-low temperatures across the country. The weather closed schools, canceled flights and even forced Chicago’s resident polar bear to stay indoors at the zoo.

But was it cold enough for Niagara Falls to freeze over?

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Not quite. Despite appearances, Niagara Falls did not freeze over completely.

Certain sections of the waterfalls froze, but water is still flowing, said Angela Berti, spokeswoman for Niagara Falls State Park.

The waterfalls sometimes look like they are frozen over because ice builds up, she said.

The American Falls — Niagara Falls is comprised of waterfalls on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border — have frozen over twice, in 1936 and 1938.

Originally posted 2014-01-11 22:55:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter