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Andrea Romano
January 02, 2018

Niagara Falls might be giving the North Pole a run for its money this week.

The famous Horseshoe Falls turns over 681,750 gallons of water every second, according to the Niagara Falls State Park website. On top of the enormous amount of water the falls turns over, this last week has been so cold that the falls has become a frosty winter wonderland.

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But don’t believe the internet rumors: The falls itself are not frozen solid. However, the area surrounding the rushing waters has been coated with thick frost and ice that makes the whole area look practically sparkling. This further proves that Niagara is not only a fun place to go in the summer, but also in the winter.

We're LIVE at the partially frozen Niagara Falls on the Canadian side.

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The falls on Sunday, December 31, 2017.
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Tourists are braving the incredible cold, which has reached an icy 5 degrees Fahrenheit, with a wind chill of 11 degrees below zero, according to measurements from the Canadian government, as reported by the Boston Globe.

Stunningly large icicles have grown off the sides of the falls, on benches, trees and railings. The whole area practically looks like an overrun freezer. Tourists and news media have been taking dozens of gorgeous, wintery pictures since late last week.

The cold snap is expected to continue through the rest of the week, so anyone who wants to experience the frozen beauty for themselves still has time before and semblance of thaw begins.

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